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NKU takes precautions against Coronavirus

There have been no reported cases in Northern Kentucky

January 30, 2020


Emerson Swoger

Washing your hands is a way to prevent the spread of infections.

NKU officials sent out a campus-wide email to remind students about health-safety precautions in wake of recent national news about the Coronavirus, according to a recent press release by the university.

“Please know that at this time, there are no confirmed or reported cases of [2019 Novel Coronavirus] at NKU,” according to the release by Tom Ramstetter, director of university communications. 

While most confirmed cases of the virus have been in Asia, some cases in the United States—including two possible cases from nearby Miami University—have inspired officials to issue health safeguards that mirror those for the flu. 

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According to the press release, NKU health personnel will take measures to identify cases among the university community as early as possible in conjunction with local and state health officials.

NKU urges those experiencing these symptoms and who have traveled to China in the last 14 days to reach out to Health, Counseling & Student Wellness at 859-572-5650 or your local health care provider.

Read NKU’s full list of precautions below: 

  • Wash your hands often with soap and water for at least 20 seconds, especially:
  • Before, during and after you prepare food,
  • Before you eat and after you use the bathroom,
  • After handling cash,
  • More frequently when someone in your home is sick.
  • Use an alcohol-based hand sanitizer if soap and water are not available.
  • Frequently clean doorknobs, light switches, phones and other items commonly touched with disinfectant wipes.
  • Avoid contact with people who are obviously sick.
  • Cover your cough or sneeze with a tissue and then discard it in the trash.


For confirmed 2019-nCoV infections, reported illnesses have ranged from infected people with little to no symptoms, to people being severely ill and dying. Symptoms can appear in as few as two days or as long as 14 days after exposure. Symptoms can include:

  • Fever
  • Cough
  • Shortness of breath


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