Baylor University Coronavirus Updates

Baylor University’s Department of Public Safety and Center for Global Engagement continue to monitor the latest information on coronavirus (COVID-19) from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) and the U.S. Department of State. This resource page provides the latest updates on COVID-19 and any impact to the Baylor University campus and/or University-sponsored travel. More information about COVID-19 is available on the CDC website at www.cdc.gov/covid19.

FEB. 26, 2020 UPDATE: Baylor University Postpones University-sponsored Travel to South Korea

WACO, Texas (Feb. 26, 2020) - On Feb. 24, 2020, The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) issued Level 3 Warning, Avoid Nonessential Travel, regarding travel to South Korea, due to an ongoing outbreak of a respiratory illness caused by the COVID-19 virus that can be spread from person to person.

In accordance with global safety and security best practices and United States Department of State and CDC guidance, Baylor University-sponsored travel to South Korea is temporarily postponed until further notice.

Travel restrictions for Baylor University travel to China continue at this time. All other international travel continues to run as scheduled. Baylor University will continue to monitor the situation globally and domestically.

In addition, all Baylor University-sponsored travel for faculty, staff and students needs to be registered with the Center for Global Engagement. More information about travel registration is available on the Center for Global Engagement’s website.

Please review the travel advisory for South Korea on the U.S. Department of State website and the Centers for Disease Control website for updates.

Baylor University and the Center for Global Engagement in collaboration with the Baylor Department of Public Safety and U.S. Department of State will continue to give updates as necessary.

JAN. 27, 2020 UPDATE: Results Negative for Baylor Student Tested for Coronavirus

WACO, Texas (Jan. 27, 2020) - Baylor University is pleased to share that the Waco-McLennan County Public Health District (WMCPHD) announced today (Jan. 27, 2020) that test results were negative for Novel Coronavirus (2019-nCoV) for the Baylor student whose samples were sent to the Centers for Disease Control (CDC) last week.

University officials stress that there are no other suspected cases of Novel Coronavirus within the Baylor community at this time. Baylor will continue to work closely with University Health Services, the WMCPHD and state and federal health officials and keep students, faculty and staff apprised in the event the situation changes.

On Friday, Jan. 24, the WMCPHD reported that the student, who had recently traveled to China, had met CDC criteria for further testing and evaluation after being treated at an area hospital and followed CDC protocols until testing was completed.

The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) is closely monitoring this emerging, rapidly evolving situation and will provide updated information as it becomes available on the CDC website at www.cdc.gov/coronavirus.

Baylor Health Center Information

Students who have questions or concerns can contact Baylor Health Services at 254-710-1010 or Health_Services@baylor.edu. Health Services is located on the second floor of the McLane Student Life Center. Students can make an appointment with Health Services at 254-710-1010 or online at www.baylor.edu/healthservices through the Health Portal log-in.

Health officials highly recommended that students, as well as faculty, staff and the general public, continue to practice preventive actions as flu season hits its peak.

Additional Resources

To stay updated on the coronavirus virus, please visit the following:

Below are the latest communications from Baylor University, the Waco-McLennan County Public Health District and the CDC:

MEDIA CONTACTS:

Baylor University: Lori Fogleman, Baylor University Media and Public Relations, 254-710-6275

Waco-McLennan County Public Health District: Kelly Craine, Public Health Information Specialist, City of Waco, 254-750-5429