January 2020 Communications

January 28, 2020 - Coronavirus Precautions

University of Memphis leadership is proactively monitoring an outbreak of respiratory illness caused by a new coronavirus (termed “2019-nCoV”) that was first detected in Wuhan City, Hubei Province, China, and which continues to expand. The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) has confirmed the first cases of 2019 Novel Coronavirus (2019-nCoV) in the U.S. in Arizona, California, Illinois and Washington. There have been no reported cases in Tennessee. The CDC has confirmed that there is limited person-to-person spread, but it is still unclear how this virus is spreading between people. It is important to know that based on current information, the immediate health risk from 2019-nCoV to the general American public is deemed to be low at this time.

We are gathering the appropriate information to keep our community informed about this situation, precautionary measures and any impacts to our programs and those traveling around the world. Learn more about the Coronavirus below.

All University community members with questions or concerns are encouraged to contact the Student Health Center at 901.678.2287. The latest situation summary updates on the 2019 Novel Coronavirus are available from the CDC.


  • Please review the CDC Travel Health Notice and current information from the CDC.
    Individuals that have traveled recently, especially to the Asia-Pacific region and are experiencing the above symptoms, should seek medical attention immediately.
  • Wash hands often with soap and water for at least 20 seconds. Use an alcohol-based hand sanitizer if soap and water are not available.
  • Avoid contact with people that are ill, livestock (alive or dead) and animal markets.
  • Avoid eating raw or under-cooked meat and eggs.

Additional Resources

For more information about health and counseling resources available to you, visit memphis.edu/health/.

For more information about the coronavirus and current information on the situation, please visit the CDC Novel Coronavirus Website.
We will continue to monitor the situation and work with our partners to share information with our community as it becomes available.

-Dr. M. David Rudd, UofM President