University Of Notre Dame Taking Precautions Over Coronavirus

Mar 3, 2020

As the coronavirus that causes COVID-19 spreads to more areas, a health worker checks a man's temperature at a checkpoint on the outskirts of Duhok, Iraq, last Tuesday.
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Universities around the country have been taking precautions over coronavirus. The University of Notre Dame is taking steps to protect students and faculty.

The University of Notre Dame cancelled it’s Rome study abroad program Friday after the CDC issued a travel advisory to Italy.

106 Students and some faculty who were in Rome are back now. They are required to stay home for 14 days and to be cleared by a doctor.

University Spokesperson Dennis Brown said these are preventative measures and there haven’t been any confirmed cases of coronavirus at Notre Dame.

“It is an evolving situation, a lot of fluidity to it. We are continuing to monitor the national and international landscape, keeping apprised of what the CDC and state department are recommending.”

Brown said the University is keeping a close eye on other places students are studying, like Japan.

The University also strongly discouraged students from traveling internationally during spring break, which is from March 7th to the 15th.

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