UMD suspends university-related international travel for 60 days

The University of Maryland's Health Center on Feb. 14, 2020. (Suze Creedon/The Diamondback)

The University of Maryland banned all university-related international travel for the next 60 days Monday night, after officials announced there was a confirmed case of coronavirus in Prince George’s County.

The virus, which has now sickened six people in Maryland, is responsible for more than 4,000 deaths globally, according to CNN.

The individual most recently diagnosed contracted the virus from out-of-state travel, and there are “no major concerns over exposure risk,” a tweet posted by Gov. Larry Hogan read.

In a campuswide email Monday night, the university issued new guidelines for holding large events or meetings. It again encouraged faculty and students to prepare for the possibility of moving classes online.

The email also discouraged personal international travel, and announced that all “university-related, non-essential, out-of-state” travel was also banned.

The campus community is advised to take belongings, medications and other necessary items with them prior to leaving for spring break, according to the email.

The email also urged students, faculty and staff, especially those with compromised immune systems and chronic health conditions, to continue practicing proper health behaviors.

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