March 22, 2020

Dear Study Abroad Student,

Given the growing concern around the spread of COVID-19, also known as coronavirus, Spelman College is asking all students who have recently studied abroad in high risk areas to take extra precautions.

Students who traveled to high risk areas, or those who were exposed to persons diagnosed with COVID-19, should practice self-isolation for a period of 14 days. The period of isolation should start from the time they departed the high risk area, or after the last time they made contact with those who have been diagnosed with the virus. This includes students who are not currently exhibiting the symptoms associated with the virus such as fever, cough or shortness of breath.

Prior to seeking care, students who develop symptoms during self-isolation, should call their healthcare provider to discuss their symptoms and travel history. If the healthcare provider confirms exposure to COVID-19, the student will be given instructions on how to access care.

Students who are exhibiting symptoms after having traveled to high risk areas, or after having been in contact with those who have a confirmed COVID-19 diagnosis, should seek a medical evaluation as soon as possible, and perform the following actions:

  • Put on a facemask.
  • Avoid close contact, stay at least six-feet away from others.
  • Practice good hygiene by washing hands with soap and water for at least 20 seconds. If soap and water are not available, use an alcohol-based hand sanitizer.
  • When coughing or sneezing cover your mouth with a tissue or your elbow, not your hands.

In alignment with the protocols of social distancing, the Department of Student Health Services asks that all students speak with a health services staff member before coming to campus.  

When seeking medical care, refrain from lingering in areas of the medical facility.

Students can call the Health Services Department at (404) 270-5249 between 8:30 a.m. - 5 p.m. for medical advice. Students needing assistance after hours should contact Public Safety by phone at (404) 525-6401.  

Spelman will continue to provide updates on COVID-19 as they become available. Community members can find answers to frequently asked questions on Spelman's COVID-19 Updates page, the World Health Organization website, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention website and the Georgia Department of Public Health page.

Student Health Services

Student Health Services
MacVicar Hall
Spelman College
350 Spelman Lane
Atlanta, Georgia 30314

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