March 27, 2020

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Members of the SIU Carbondale Community,

You are receiving this message as part of Southern Illinois University's commitment to providing campus-area emergency information in compliance with the federal Clery Act, formally known as the Jeanne Clery Disclosure of Campus Security Policy and Campus Crime Statistics Act.

Southern Illinois University Carbondale received information on 3.26.20 from Jackson County Health Department of a resident on campus who tested positive for Coronavirus (COVID-19).  The individual, a male in his late teens, is doing fair and is in isolation on west campus.  This individual is thought to have been exposed to the novel coronavirus through recent travel to the Chicago area. This individual is not allowed to leave home until they are well and can no longer transmit the disease.

According to the Jackson County Health Department, the number of cases can be reduced by adhering to the Governor’s stay at home order, washing hands frequently, disinfecting commonly touched surfaces, and maintaining space from others when in public.

COVID-19 shares many symptoms with more common respiratory diseases. If you have a fever, cough or difficulty breathing, call your health care provider for further guidance. Students should contact the SIU Student Health Center at 618-453-3311.  In addition, Southern Illinois Healthcare (SIH) has established a 24-hour COVID-19 hotline at 1-844-988-7800. Clinicians there will answer questions, assess each caller and advise on next steps for evaluation or potential testing.

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