CoronaVirus Health Advisory

On this page:
What you should know
Actions by local and federal government
Recent Communications to the Pratt Community
How to recognize the Coronavirus
Help prevent the spread of the Coronavirus
What we can do for one another
International Travel
Additional resources

We at Pratt want to ensure our students, faculty, and staff are well-informed, supported, and taking the appropriate precautions with regard to the recent outbreak of the  2019 Novel Coronavirus. A taskforce of leaders from Student Affairs, Health Services, Campus Safety and Preparedness, International Affairs, Office of the Provost, Human Resources and Communications have met several times per week since the outbreak was first announced to monitor the situation and protect the health and well-being of the Pratt community.

What you should know

This is the latest information as of February 7, 2020. We will update you as we have new information.

  • As of February 7, 2020, according to the latest official government health officials, there are twelve (12) confirmed cases of the Coronaviruses in the US.
  • While cases are reported to be under investigation in New York City, none have been diagnosed as the Coronavirus.
  • There are currently no identified cases in the Pratt community. Pratt Health Service staff are working closely with other Student Affairs and Public Safety staff, as well as local NYC Department of Health and Mental Hygiene resources.

Actions by local and federal government

  • Following its Emergency Committee meeting on January 30, The World Health Organization (W.H.O.) has declared the 2019 Novel Coronavirus (2019-nCoV) a public health emergency of international concern (PHEIC).

  • Centers for Disease Control (CDC) has updated its travel health notice for this destination to restrict travel.

  • United States Department of State, Bureau of Consumer Affairs released a "China - Level 4: Do not travel" travel advisory on January 31, 2020.

  • The United States Department of Health and Human Services announced that the U.S. government will implement temporary measures to detect and contain the coronavirus, beginning Sunday, February 2, 2020.

  • On February 2, 2020, the Department of Homeland Security issued supplemental instructions for inbound flights with individuals who have been in China.

  • The CDC and local officials continue to meet on this situation. We will provide updated information based on any new information provided.

Recent Communications to the Pratt Community

How to recognize the Coronavirus

There is an outbreak of respiratory disease (which affects breathing) caused by a new virus centered in Wuhan, China. Infections with this new virus are also being reported in other regions of China and in some travelers from Wuhan to other countries, including the United States. Since the virus is very new, health authorities continue to carefully watch how this virus spreads. There is no vaccine or treatment available for this or other coronaviruses.


  • Fever
  • Cough
  • Shortness of breath

Help prevent the spread of the Coronavirus

Anyone who has recently traveled to China and has a fever and cough or shortness of breath is advised to do the following:

  • Tell the health care provider or their staff immediately if you have returned from visiting China in the last 14 days. 
  • Hospital staff will not ask about immigration status, and all patients will be seen regardless of ability to pay.
  • After you have been seen by a medical provider, stay home and avoid contact with others until you are well.
  • Avoid travel on any public transportation (such as bus, subway, train or airplane).
  • Wear a face mask if you need to leave your home when sick.
  • Cover your mouth and nose with a tissue or your sleeve (not your hands) when coughing or sneezing.
  • Wash hands often with soap and warm water for at least 20 seconds. Use an alcohol-based hand sanitizer if soap and water are not available.

What we can do for one another

In the classroom or in other interactions with students, faculty and staff are advised to keep the following in mind.

  • Remember, it’s currently flu and respiratory disease season and the CDC recommends that everyone get vaccinated, take everyday preventive actions to stop the spread of germs, and take medications if prescribed. While the current flu vaccine has no impact on the Coronaviruses, it is still advised that everyone receive the flu vaccine to prevent other strains of the flu.
  • Students are reminded to avoid coming to class when they are ill, and if they have a fever, they should not return until they have been fever-free (without fever-reducing medication) for 24 hours.
  • Leniency at this time regarding class absences due to illness is important. We do not want sick students to feel compelled to attend classes.
  • Student Health Services will not provide excuse notices. We must rely on student self-reporting. Clearance for return to class is not necessary.
  • However, if you believe a student is ill, please discreetly advise them to visit Student Health Services for assistance. The Student Health Service office is located in Willoughby Hall, 1st floor.
  • If you notice that students are showing signs of extreme distress regarding this situation, please encourage them to contact the Pratt Counseling Services in the ISC building. Appointments can be scheduled at or (718) 636-6787
  • If you have any concerns about students who may be showing signs of illness or if you have additional questions about the health and safety of your students, Pratt community members can call the following services:

    Health Services at 718-399-4542, during business hours
    Public Safety at 718-636-3540, after hours.

International Travel

Pratt’s Office of International Affairs is following closely updates to travel regulations from the U.S. Health and Human Services department and U.S. and international agencies. Our staff is available to answer any questions about the current travel ban and how Pratt is supporting students or alums who may be impacted by it. The Office of International Affairs can be reached at 718.636.3674 or

As a final note, we caution against potentially stigmatizing international students from China. If students report that they are subject to bias or harassment please refer them to the Student Affairs Office for assistance. Student Affairs is located in Room 008 of the Main Building and can be reached at or (718) 636-3639.

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