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Update on the 2019 Novel Coronavirus 

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The following message was distributed to faculty, staff and students on February 4, 2020 on behalf of the Office of the Vice-President Administration and Finance.
Dear Members of the University Community:

The University of Prince Edward Island continues to monitor developments about the Coronavirus (2019 Novel Coronavirus or 2019-nCoV). At this point, the risk remains very low in PEI. There are currently no confirmed cases of 2019-nCoV in the province.

UPEI recommends that you seek information from official government sources as they are continually updating their websites: 
We encourage you take the same general health precautions for the 2019-nCov as you would for influenza. The best defence against any type of flu is following routine prevention measures:
  • wash your hands frequently with soap and water and use hand sanitizer when needed,
  • cough or sneeze into your elbow or a tissue,
  • if you have a severe cold or the flu, stay home if possible, and
  • avoid contact with people who are sick.
Anyone who feels unwell and/or develops a fever and cough should see their primary health-care provider or make an appointment at the UPEI Health and Wellness Centre. It’s also not too late to get your flu shot through the Centre, your health-care provider, or your local pharmacy. 

Because of the evolving nature of the 2019-nCoV situation, the University is strongly advising against all travel to China, in keeping with Government of Canada travel health noticesTravel to China, either as part of a UPEI program or for University business, has been suspended until further notice. Students with questions about international travel should contact Study Abroad and International Collaboration at or 902-894-2837. Faculty and staff with questions about international travel should contact Human Resources at or 902-620-5099. 

We recognize how stressful it is when families and friends in China may be affected by this outbreak. UPEI has a number of supports for students through UPEI Student Affairs, including personal counselling (, 902-566-0488) and the International Student Office (, 902-566-0576). UPEI faculty and staff can access the Employee Assistance Program at 1-800-387-4765. We encourage you to reach out if you have concerns.

Yours truly,

Jackie Podger
Vice-President Administration and Finance

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