Dear Regis Community,

With spring break and the ongoing uncertainty surrounding the Coronavirus (COVID-19), we wanted to remind you to be aware of any travel warnings related to the virus. The situation continues to evolve rapidly, and anyone planning to travel over the break or during the semester should keep up to date on the ongoing developments via the news and the Centers for Disease Control (CDC) Travel Advisory website.

As we have seen over the past few days with the onset of cases in northern Italy, the virus continues to emerge in countries beyond China. As more countries see an increased risk, there is the possibility of further travel restrictions for anyone travelling abroad.

Travel restrictions can change without much warning, so please be aware if you are leaving the country. You are encouraged to assess the viability of any preexisting travel plans, especially for countries already on the CDC watch/alert list and/or countries with new and/or confirmed Coronavirus cases.

At the time of this update, the risk level within the United States remains low. While there have been several confirmed cases imported by travelers, this virus is not currently spreading within the U.S.

Regis will continue to follow CDC and Massachusetts Department of Public Health guidelines for prevention and management of Coronavirus. Information about symptoms, prevention, and treatment can be found on the CDC website. We also remain engaged with global, federal, state, and local health organizations in our continued effort to obtain the most current information on the virus and to understand and implement the most current recommendations.

Our Center for Global Connections is closely monitoring the situation for students traveling abroad and has reached out to provide guidance. As a reminder, any Regis group traveling internationally must seek approval from Dr. Megan Gibbons, Director of the Center for Global Connections, prior to departure.

Regis Community Health Services is available for any questions or concerns you might have, particularly if you are planning to travel internationally during the break.


Dianna M. Jones