Coronavirus (COVID-19)

Updated Travel Guidance from ULS

 The University of Louisiana System, as a first priority, is committed to protecting the health and safety of the students, faculty, and staff at each of our universities. Our continued monitoring of the spread of the COVID-19 virus makes clear that proactive guidance to our universities is essential. Recognizing the uniqueness of our universities, we aim to provide guidance that is both effective and flexible. Campuses will remain open, and critical operations will continue to the greatest extent possible. Given the fluidity of the current crisis, considerable discretion shall be exercised at each campus as to the most appropriate immediate actions to be taken. 

This document includes guidance in areas where University policy may already exist. If the existing policy conflicts with any portion of this guidance, the University may choose to follow the less restrictive of the existing policy OR this guidance. 

Definitions

Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC): Leading national public health institute of the United States, under the Department of Health and Human Services. 

Community Spread: People have been infected, and it is not known how or where they became exposed. 

Commercial Transportation: A mode of transportation for public conveyance, including but not limited to airplane, bus, train, taxi, ship, or other public transportation. 

Household Member: Person who resides in the same home. 

Novel Coronavirus (COVID-19): A new coronavirus that has not been previously identified. The virus causing coronavirus disease 2019 (COVID-19), is not the same as the coronaviruses that commonly circulate among humans and cause mild illness, like the common cold. 

Personal Travel: Travel which is for personal purposes only and not for University-authorized purposes or paid for at University expense. 

State Employee: Classified/Unclassified Employees and Faculty 

University Community: Students, Advisors, Consultants, Contractors, Volunteers 

Warning Level 3: Widespread Community Transmission

  • China is experiencing widespread community transmission of respiratory illness caused by the novel coronavirus (COVID-19). 
  • Iran is experiencing widespread community transmission of respiratory illness caused by the novel coronavirus (COVID-19). 
  • South Korea is experiencing widespread community transmission of respiratory illness caused by the novel coronavirus (COVID-19). 
  • Europe is experiencing widespread sustained transmission of respiratory illness caused by the novel coronavirus (COVID-19). 
  • Older adults and people with chronic medical conditions may be at increased risk for severe disease. 
  • Travelers should avoid contact with sick people and clean their hands often by washing with soap and water for at least 20 seconds or using an alcohol-based hand sanitizer with 60%-95% alcohol. 
  • Travelers returning from the specified counties must stay home for 14 days after returning from travel, monitor their health and practice social distancing. 
  • Travelers that are sick with fever, cough, or have trouble breathing should call ahead before seeking medical care. 

Warning Level 2: Practice Enhanced Precautions 

  • Sustained community spread of respiratory illness caused by the novel coronavirus (COVID-19) is occurring globally. Some countries have widespread sustained spread. 
  • Older adults and people of any age with serious chronic medical conditions are at increased risk for severe disease and should consider postponing nonessential travel. 
  • Travelers should avoid contact with sick people and wash their hands often with soap and water for at least 20 seconds. If soap and water are not readily available, use an alcohol-based hand sanitizer that contains at least 60% alcohol. 
  • Travelers should monitor their health and limit interactions with others for 14 days after returning from travel. 
  • Travelers that are sick with fever, cough, or have trouble breathing should stay home and call ahead before seeking medical care. 

Travel Guidelines 

The following travel restrictions apply to all state employees: 

A. Travel plans by state employees traveling on state business to areas designated as Warning Levels 2, 3, or above by the CDC are to be canceled or postponed. All employees traveling internationally are required to obtain specific authorization from the Commissioner of Administration. 

B. All state employees intending to travel internationally for personal reasons are required to notify their supervisor and Human Resources Department of the travel as soon as possible but not later than forty-eight (48) hours prior to travel, and immediately upon return to the United States. 

C. All state employees with household members who intend to travel or have traveled to areas designated as Warning Level 2, 3 or above by the CDC are required to notify their supervisor and Human Resources Department of the travel as soon as possible, but not later than forty-eight (48) hours before the household member’s departure. They must state the household member’s expected date of return, and notify their supervisor and Human Resources Department immediately upon the household member’s actual return to the United States. 

D. All state employees are required to notify their supervisor and Human Resources Department if the employee or a household member develops symptoms associated with COVID-19. 

The following travel restrictions apply to University Community: 

A. University Community members intending to travel internationally for personal reasons are required to notify their counselor/project manager/supervisor and Human Resources Department of the travel as soon as possible but not later than forty-eight (48) hours before travel, and immediately upon return to the United States. 

B. University Community members with household members who intend to travel or have traveled to areas designated as Warning Level 2, 3 or above by the CDC are required to notify their counselor/project manager/supervisor and Human Resources Department of the travel as soon as possible, but not later than forty-eight (48) hours to the household member’s departure. They must state the household member’s expected date of return, and notify their counselor/project manager/supervisor and Human Resources Department immediately upon the household member’s actual return to the United States. 

C. University Community members are required to notify their supervisor and Human Resources Department if the employee or a household member develops symptoms associated with COVID-19.

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