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What does the U.S. State Department Global Live 4 Advisory mean? – March 23

The U.S State Department has released a Level 4 advisory, which is a Do Not Travel advisory.

“The Department of State advises U.S. citizens to avoid all international travel due to the global impact of COVID-19.  In countries where commercial departure options remain available, U.S. citizens who live in the United States should arrange for immediate return to the United States, unless they are prepared to remain abroad for an indefinite period.  U.S. citizens who live abroad should avoid all international travel.”

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What does the U.S. State Department Global Level 3 Advisory mean? – March 17

This unprecedented advisory from the Department of State advises U.S. citizens to reconsider travel abroad due to the global impact of COVID-19. Not only does travel increase the risk of transmission, it is also the case that most areas of the world are taking action that limits traveler mobility increasing the likelihood of getting stranded due to quarantines and border restrictions. Broad-based flight cancellations, finally, along with rapidly changing local, state, and federal directives make travel unpredictable at this time.

What is the current status of PLU's study away programs? – March 17

All spring short-term programs are now cancelled and all semester programs are now suspended. By suspended we mean that semester study away students are returning home but will continue their coursework online and will receive credits for their semester abroad.

Has PLU restricted travel? – March 17

  • The university has restricted travel in all current study away programs. Shortly, it will be making a decision regarding summer programs. The Wang Center, in collaboration with the COVID-19 Incident Response Team, will continue to monitor fall semester program locations and maintain all fall study away applicants informed on a regular basis until a final determination has been made.

If I have just returned from travel from an area of the world impacted by COVID-19 such as Iran, Italy, South Korea, China, Europe, and Scandinavia, can I return to campus? – March 17

In light of the COVID-19 outbreak, state and local authorities are recommending that all students return to their permanent home and self-isolate for fourteen days (see: https://www.cdc.gov/coronavirus/2019-ncov/travelers/after-travel-precautions.html).

If returning to a permanent home address is not an option, please contact PLU Assistant Director of Residential Operations, Jasen Nieves-Herrera at nievesje@plu.edu. He has been assigned to work with returning study away students to provide room and board at PLU at no additional cost.

I recently traveled internationally and am feeling sick, what should I do? – March 17

If you develop symptoms such as a fever, cough or shortness of breath within 14 days of your return from personal or official travel to a country with a COVID-19 outbreak OR you have been exposed to someone with confirmed COVID-19, please take the steps listed below.

Before you go to the PLU Health Center, any clinic or emergency room, call ahead and tell them about your exposure to COVID-19, your recent travel, and your symptoms. Please do not show up at a clinic, urgent care or other health facility without calling first. Your provider will need to take special measures to protect other people in the clinic.

Seek medical care right away.

  • If you are a student call the Health Center at 253-535-7337 or your primary care provider and tell them your symptoms before coming in. You may start with a visit through Lute Telehealth.
  • Staff and faculty should contact their primary healthcare provider.

If you need immediate medical attention, call 911 and report your symptoms to the dispatcher.

  • Students on the campus may contact the Health Center at 253-535-7337 or your primary care provider.You may start with a visit through Lute Telehealth.
  • Staff and faculty should contact their primary healthcare provider.