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Health Alert: Coronavirus (COVID-19)

The outbreak of pneumonia caused by COVID-19 is an evolving international news story. Spelman College is taking all reasonable precautions, which include close monitoring of the evolving information coming from the Centers for Disease Control (CDC), Georgia Department of Public Health (GDPH), and the World Health Organization (WHO). We will continue to do everything we can to protect and maintain the health of the Spelman community, and we thank you for doing your part by following the recommendations summarized below.

The situation continues to evolve, and these are the facts known about the virus at this point:

  • The World Health Organization has announced the official name for the disease that is causing the 2019 coronavirus outbreak, COVID-19.
  • Both SARS and MERS are known to cause severe illness in people, but the full clinical picture for COVID-19 is still not well known. Symptoms of this new virus can range from little to no symptoms to severe illness and death.
  • The risk to individuals is dependent on exposure. Close contact with someone already infected is how the disease can spread from person to person. Healthcare workers and others in close contact with someone with a confirmed infection are the most vulnerable to contracting the disease.
  • Anyone can become infected with COVID-19, but older adults and people with underlying medical conditions or who are immunocompromised may be at higher risk.
  • The Federal Government and the CDC recommends that all travelers avoid non-essential travel. Please see travel advisories related to COVID-19.
  • For the latest global numbers, please see the WHO daily situation reports. For the latest U.S. numbers, please see the CDC Cases in U.S.

It is important for individuals to remain healthy to keep our community safe. It is currently flu and respiratory disease season, and precautions for these illnesses are the same as those for COVID-19:

  • As much as possible, try to stay away from sick people.
  • While sick, limit contact with others to reduce the chances of them getting sick.
  • Cough and sneeze into your elbow—not your hands. Cover your mouth and nose with a tissue, throw the tissue away, and wash your hands afterwards.
  • Eliminate the spread of germs by avoiding contact with eyes, nose, and mouth.
  • Wash hands often with soap and water for at least twenty seconds. If soap and water are not available, use an alcohol-based hand sanitizer.
  • Frequently clean and disinfect surfaces and objects that may be contaminated with germs that can cause respiratory illnesses.
  • CDC does NOT recommend that individuals wear a face mask to protect themselves from respiratory viruses, including COVID-19. A face mask should be worn by individuals who show symptoms of COVID-19, in order to protect others from the risk of getting infected.
  • The flu vaccine WILL NOT protect you against COVID-19, but it may help protect you against contracting the flu. If you didn't get vaccinated during Spelman's flu clinic this fall, please consider going to any of the numerous nearby pharmacies to get a flu shot now.

Our priority is the health and safety of our faculty, staff and students. We encourage everyone to follow the recommendations of your local and state governments as well as the guidelines listed below for the Spelman Community. 

Students who have traveled from high risk areas - or those who have been exposed to persons who have a confirmed COVID-19 diagnosis AND are currently not exhibiting symptoms associated with COVID-19 such as fever, cough or shortness of breath - should practice self-isolation for a period of 14 days from when you departed the high risk area. If you develop symptoms during your self-isolation period, seek medical assistance as soon as possible.

Students who have traveled to high risk areas and have been exposed to persons who have a confirmed diagnosis of COVID-19 AND who are exhibiting symptoms of COVID-19 such as fever, cough and shortness of breath—should seek a medical evaluation as soon as possible and perform the following actions:

  • Put on a face mask.
  • Avoid close contact with others keeping at least six feet away from others.
  • Practice good hygiene by washing hands with soap and water for at least 20 seconds. If soap and water are not available, use an alcohol-based hand sanitizer.
  • When coughing or sneezing cover your mouth with a tissue or your elbow—not your hands.

Prior to seeking care, call your healthcare provider to communicate your symptoms and travel history. When seeking medical care, refrain from lingering in areas of the medical facility.

Students can call the Health Services Department at 404-270-5249 during clinic hours for medical advice. Public Safety should be contacted after clinic hours at 404-525-6401.

In accordance with what’s being reinforced by our governing officials, we are adhering to social distancing. The Department of Student Health Services is asking all students to refrain from coming directly to the campus without speaking with a health services staff member. If the healthcare provider suspects that there may be a case of COVID-19, further instructions will be given.  

Spelman College will provide updates on COVID-19 as they become available. In the meantime, community members can find answers to frequently asked questions on the World Health Organization website or on the CDC's website.


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To make an appointment, please call our main number.

Phone: 404-270-5249
Fax: 404-270-5257

MacVicar Hall

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On campus: Public Safety: 404-525-6401