Northeastern Junior College
Safety & Security

Novel Coronavirus (nCoV) Information

Updates, Precautions and Other Information on the Novel Coronavirus

About novel coronavirus (2019-nCoV)

For the most up-to-date information about the coronavirus in Colorado, please visit the state's Department of Public Health and Environment website.

Coronarviruses are a group or family of viruses that are actually very common and have been around – and infecting humans – for a long time. Most people tend to get mild “common cold” symptoms from this family of viruses at some time in their lives (i.e., a runny nose, headache, cough, sore throat and possibly a fever). This is a virus that can also cause pneumonia or bronchitis. Coronaviruses typically spread from person to person just like other common cold viruses: through close contact, via airborne particulates from uncovered coughs and sneezes, and from surfaces an infected person has touched by hand, and then via touch to there their eyes, nose or mouth.

The current outbreak of novel coronavirus (2019-nCoV) in China is due to a newer virus strain in the coronavirus family of viruses. This newer strain is causing a range of severity of illness in people, from mild infections to severe and sometimes fatal infections that cause pneumonia. The first cases of this virus were found in one region in China in December. The first United States case was confirmed on Jan. 21. The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention is a good resource for up to date information about preventative measures and the state of the Novel coronavirus worldwide and in the U.S.: https://www.cdc.gov/media/dpk/diseases-and-conditions/coronavirus/coronavirus-2020.html.

As of February 7, 2020, there are no confirmed cases of the virus at Northeastern, in Sterling/Logan County, or in the state of Colorado. Northeastern Junior College, working with Logan County authorities and medical resources, is taking extra precautions to monitor for the virus. The college’s plan to monitor for any indications of nCoV infections and, if necessary, engage community medical professionals as quickly as possible to swiftly identify any individual who may have contracted the virus, and to help prevent or minimize the spread of the virus.

Preventative measures

  • WASH YOUR HANDS, and do it often!
  • Avoid touching your eyes and face
  • Avoid direct exposure to sick
  • Wear an N95 respirator mask, if available, if you must be in proximity to others who have flu-like symptoms (although a mask does not guarantee prevention) or are in close confined spaces with other people (e.g., a plane, bus, etc.)

Advice for those with symptoms

I have viral or cold symptoms. Should I be concerned?

There are also many cases of the common cold and flu across the college community. If someone is ill, it is critically important not to assume that they have coronavirus.

If you have not been in east Asia or southeast Asia since early January, your risk of having the virus is very low. If you have symptoms of a cold, flu, or pneumonia (coughing, fever, chills, chest pain when you breathe or cough, and difficulty breathing), and you have recently traveled to east Asia or southeast Asia, contact your healthcare provider immediately and Northeastern’s office of student services (or campus safety) and tell them if you have symptoms consistent with the flu or the novel coronavirus. If you plan to travel to east Asia or southeast Asia soon, you must follow the travel warnings from the U.S. State Department and you should consult with your health provider for advice. You may need to change or delay your travel plans given the evolving nature of the nCoV outbreak. If you are traveling as a Northeastern student or employee, it is critical you follow all pre-travel protocols through the office, department or club sponsoring your travel and follow all college travel policies and guidelines.

The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) is an excellent resource for information about the virus at https://www.cdc.gov/coronavirus/index.html. For the latest news on the outbreak, go to https://www.cdc.gov/media/dpk/diseases-and-conditions/coronavirus/coronavirus-2020.html.

Thank you,

Trenton Schwarzer
Coordinator of Campus Safety and Security