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We are thankful that there are no reported cases of the 2019 Novel Coronavirus (2019-nCoV) at either of Jessup’s Rocklin or San Jose campuses.

Despite this, we have received inquiries regarding the University’s response to the 2019-nCoV infection and wanted to take this opportunity to provide information and resources to our Jessup Community. Members of the University Community are encouraged to follow the guidelines provided by the Center for Disease Control (CDC) and the California Department of Public Health (CDPH), and below, to provide for the continued health, safety, and well-being of our campuses.

What is the Coronavirus?

The 2019 Novel Coronavirus, or 2019-nCoV, is a new respiratory virus first identified in Wuhan, Hubei Province, China. This outbreak began in early December 2019 and continues to grow. A novel coronavirus (nCoV) is a new coronavirus that has not been previously identified.  (source: CDC)

There is no evidence of sustained person-to-person transmission of the virus in the United States. As of February 4, 2020, six confirmed cases have been identified in California and there are approximately 80 persons who have been tested. (source: CDPH)

How does the Coronavirus spread?

Much is unknown about how 2019-nCoV spreads. Current knowledge is based on what is known about similar coronaviruses. Most often, spread from person-to-person happens among close contacts (about 6 feet). Person-to-person spread is thought to occur mainly via respiratory droplets produced when an infected person coughs or sneezes, similar to how influenza and other respiratory pathogens spread. Typically, with most respiratory viruses, people are thought to be most contagious when they are most symptomatic (the sickest). With 2019-nCoV, however, there have been reports of spread from an infected patient with no symptoms to a close contact. (source: CDC)

What are the symptoms of the Coronavirus?

Patients with 2019-nCoV have reportedly had mild-to-severe respiratory illness with symptoms of fever, cough, and shortness of breath. Symptoms may appear 2-14 days after exposure. (source: CDC)

What can I do to prevent or treat the Coronavirus?

There is currently no vaccine to prevent 2019-nCoV infection. The best way to prevent infection is to avoid being exposed to this virus. Everyday preventive actions that can help prevent the spread of respiratory viruses include:

  • Washing your hands often with soap and water for at least 20 seconds, especially after using the bathroom; before eating; and after blowing your nose, coughing, or sneezing.
  • Using an alcohol-based hand sanitizer with at least 60% alcohol. 
  • Avoid touching your eyes, nose, and mouth with unwashed hands.
  • Avoiding close contact with people who are sick.
  • Staying home when you are sick.
  • Covering your cough or sneeze with a tissue, then throwing the tissue in the trash. If a tissue is not available, cough or sneeze into your elbow.
  • Cleaning and disinfecting frequently touched objects and surfaces. (source: CDC)

Should I Travel?

As of February 4, 2020, the Center for Disease Control recommends that travelers avoid all nonessential travel to the People’s Republic of China. Updated travel advisories can be found at

Should I Stay Home from Campus?

Members of the University Community that have respiratory infections and/or influenza-like symptoms of fever, wet cough, and/or difficulty breathing are encouraged to stay home and not come to campus for school or work.

Members of the University Community who have traveled to China in the last 14 days or who have been in close contact with someone who has traveled to China in the last 14 days and feel sick with fever, cough, or difficulty breathing should not come to campus for school or work. Please seek medical care right away and call ahead to your medical provider before arriving to inform them of your symptoms.

Members of the University Community who have traveled to China in the last 14 days or who have been in close contact with someone who has traveled to China in the last 14 days, but who are not exhibiting respiratory infection and/or influenza-like symptoms, are encouraged to stay away from campus for school or work until 14 days have passed from their last potential exposure to the 2019-nCoV infection. 

If any of the above apply, please contact the following University personnel regarding your absences and to make arrangements for continued work/schooling:

For Faculty and Staff:
Linda Giusti, Director of Human Resources
(916) 577-2305,

For All Domestic Students:
Tina Petersen, University Registrar
(916) 577-2245,

For All International Students:
Yi (Sunny) Sun, Director of International Student Services
(916) 672-3232,

Additionally For All Residential Students:
Dave Heitman, Director of Student Life
(916) 577-2367,

Where Can I Get More Information?

We are closely monitoring the situation on our campuses and will update as necessary. For the most accurate and up-to-date information, we encourage all members of the University Community to visit the CDC’s website ( and the California Department of Public Health (

We are thankful that you are part of Jessup and appreciate all of your help in keeping our campuses safe and healthy!

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