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COVID-19: CDC Issues Interim Guidance For Colleges and Universities

March 10, 2020

The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) has issued an interim guidance for administrators of institutions of higher education (IHE) to plan, prepare, and respond to the impact of the Coronavirus Disease 19 (COVID-19).

Administrators of IHE in communities where cases of COVID-19 have not been identified should plan and prepare for possible community transmission and outbreaks. The CDC suggests the IHE administrators to take the following steps to help slow the spread of respiratory infectious diseases, including COVID-19:

Administrators of IHE in communities where cases of COVID-19 have been detected need to take additional steps to respond in order to prevent further spread. Among others:

Administrators of IHE with students participating in international travel or study abroad programs should:

FAQs are also available for IHE administrators in taking measures to protect students, staff, and faculty members from COVID-19 as well as to prevent or slow down the spread in the community. 

In light of the increasingly alarming spread of COVID-19 in the United States, employers and businesses need to be prepared for the potential COVID-19 pandemic. Employers and businesses should consult the CDC's interim guidance for businesses and employers and review our recent e-alert addressing legal considerations for employers in preparing for and responding to COVID-19. 

We will continue to monitor and provide updated guidance concerning the fluctuating situation of COVID-19. If you have any questions, please feel free to contact the authors or your Miller Canfield attorney.

This information is based on the facts and guidance available at the time of publication, and may be subject to change.