UToledo Strongly Encourages Registration of Personal Travel

March 4, 2020 | UToday
By Tyrel Linkhorn

The University of Toledo strongly advises faculty, staff and students planning personal international travel to review and follow the recommendations of the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.

The CDC is monitoring the spread of the novel coronavirus, known as COVID-19, and provides guidance for international travel. The CDC has three tiers of Travel Health Notices:

• Watch Level 1 — individuals should practice usual precautions, but the CDC does not recommend canceling or postponing travel.

• Alert Level 2 — individuals should practice enhanced precautions, and older adults and those with chronic medical conditions should consider postponing nonessential travel.

• Warning Level 3 — all nonessential travel should be avoided.

For the latest information on a specific destination, travelers can visit the CDC Travelers Health website.

In light of the uncertainty surrounding the global spread of the COVID-19 respiratory illness and the possibility of further travel restrictions from U.S. public health authorities and foreign governments, the University is strongly encouraging all faculty, staff and students to voluntarily report any upcoming personal travel outside the United States for the next several months.

Voluntarily registering travel will help the University ensure the health and safety of the campus community, be better able to reach you in the event of an emergency, and to connect individuals with any needed resources upon return.

The information will be kept as confidential as possible; however, should there be a credible need, the information will be shared with the Toledo-Lucas County Health Department or other public health agencies.

As a reminder, all faculty, staff and students who are traveling internationally for University purpose or University-related business must register their travel with the Center for International Studies and Programs.

Effective March 4, 2020, through the end of fiscal year 2020, UToledo recommends, and will permit, employees to buy travel insurance related to University-sponsored travel.

Additionally, the University is recommending that employees consider delaying travel reservations for as long as possible, recognizing the possibility that events could be canceled.

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