UTEP officials have suspended all University-sponsored travel to regions with a Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) Travel Health Notice Warning Level 2 or above or a coronavirus State Department Travel Advisory Level 3 or above.
Because of the COVID-19 outbreak, authorities in several countries have introduced travel restrictions and health screening measures at various airports and ports of entry worldwide. These restrictions are quickly evolving and disrupting travel. Screening measures are implemented for travelers arriving either directly or indirectly from regions where COVID-19 is actively spreading, and in some cases travelers are being quarantined. Several airlines have suspended flights to and from regions where the CDC has issued Level 3 travel warnings. Additionally, there has been a significant increase of COVID-19 occurring in nations around the globe which have not yet become subject to Travel Warnings.
Members of UTEP who have personal travel plans are advised to weigh the necessity of their planned travel since the changes occurring are very fluid and near impossible to reliably predict. If you have travel already arranged, consider the practicality of continuing with that plan. If you absolutely must travel, confirm your itinerary prior to traveling and check the CDC COVID-19 travel page. Older adults and travelers with underlying health issues may be at risk for more severe symptoms and should discuss travel with their healthcare provider.
It is recommended that you practice the following precautions:
- Avoid contact with sick people
- Avoid animals (alive or dead), animal markets and products that come from animals (such as uncooked meat)
- Follow standard guidelines for preventing upper respiratory infections
- Travelers should purchase a thermometer for their travel kit, so they can monitor their temperature and seek medical care if they develop symptoms.
- Wash your hands frequently.
UTEP will continue to monitor this global event closely.
Protocol for Travelers Arriving in the El Paso/Juarez Region
As new countries are added to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention’s Levels 1, 2 and 3 travel warning list for COVID-19, we are implementing further restrictions for travelers who return to UTEP.
The University of Texas at El Paso now requires all students, faculty and staff to report their return to the U.S. from regions identified by the CDC risk assessment Level 2 or above travel notices due to COVID-19. This includes international travel as well as domestic hot spots.
Students, faculty, staff, visitors and contractors arriving from an international location designated by CDC as having a Level 2 or 3 travel warning (including airport stops and layovers) are required to self-isolate at their permanent residence or off-campus residence for 14 days. This requirement includes Mexico and excludes the Ciudad Juarez region. They may not come to campus for any reason until 14 days have passed. Students needing assistance finding accommodations for self-isolation should contact the Dean of Students Office at 915-747-5648 or DOS@utep.edu for support and guidance.
Additionally, Texas Governor Greg Abbott has signed an executive order mandating that anyone flying from New York, New Jersey, Connecticut or the city of New Orleans to Texas must quarantine themselves for 14 days.
The self-isolation guidelines found here are applicable even if you don’t have symptoms. Day zero of the 14-day isolation period is the day you leave a restricted location. During this time, you will be expected to report your health status daily to University health staff.
The Environmental Health and Safety department has established the form below to make reporting more convenient upon your return to the U.S.