Message from the Office of Public Safety: COVID-19 Tips and Travel

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February 27, 2020

Dear Berkeley College Community, 

We are continuing to monitor reports regarding the COVID19/Coronavirus from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), World Health Organization (WHO), and NY and NJ Departments of Health. We have also had conversations with public safety staff, administrators, and local government officials regarding the virus. 

Currently, neither NY nor NJ has any confirmed cases. 


We recommend the following precautions issued by the WHO: 

Avoid touching eyes, nose and mouth.

Hands touch many surfaces and can pick up viruses. Once contaminated, hands can transfer the virus to your eyes, nose or mouth. From there, the virus can enter your body and can make you sick. 

Practice respiratory hygiene

Make sure you, and the people around you, follow good respiratory hygiene. This means covering your mouth and nose with your bent elbow or tissue when you cough or sneeze. Then dispose of the used tissue immediately. 

If you have fever, cough and difficulty breathing, seek medical care early

Stay home if you feel unwell. If you have a fever, cough and difficulty breathing, seek medical attention and call in advance. Follow the directions of your local health authority. 

Calling in advance will allow your health care provider to quickly direct you to the right health facility. This will also protect you and help prevent spread of viruses and other infections. 

COVID Berkeley

Lastly, we strongly recommend that you review your travel plans and check with the CDC regarding safety measures.


Robert Maguire
Assistant Vice President
Public Safety and Emergency Management