Preventing the Novel Coronavirus and Other Illnesses

FEB. 13, 2020 – The novel coronavirus (2019-nCoV), identified by the World Health Organization as a global health emergency, poses minimal risk to the Embry-Riddle Aeronautical University community at this time.

No known cases of the novel coronavirus have been reported in Volusia County, Florida, or Yavapai County, Arizona, where Embry-Riddle’s residential campuses are located. 

University officials are monitoring all health advisories closely and leveraging best practices in disease prevention. 

To avoid the spread of illness, always:

  • If you feel sick, do not attend classes or work.
  • Contact your medical provider if you have a fever, respiratory distress, and/or flu-like symptoms.
  • Avoid close contact with people who are sick.
  • Wash your hands often with soap and water for at least 20 seconds. If soap and water are not available, use an alcohol-based hand sanitizer.
  • Avoid touching your eyes, nose and mouth with unwashed hands.
  • Cough or sneeze into your elbow, shirt sleeve, or a tissue (not your hands). Throw used tissues into the trash.
  • Clean and disinfect frequently touched objects and surfaces.
  • Avoid sharing food, cups, utensils or other items.
  • Treat all bodily fluids as potentially infectious.
  • Eat a well-balanced diet, get adequate sleep and get a flu shot.

Anyone who has traveled to China within the last 14 days and is experiencing any symptoms of illness should seek medical care immediately. Call your doctor’s office in advance to notify them of your recent travel and avoid all contact with others. Also, contact the health services and campus safety units on your campus as well as your local Department of Health (phone numbers below).

Those with no symptoms – carry on as normal, by attending classes, work and other activities, but self-monitor for any signs of illness such as fever or lower respiratory illness.

University-sponsored travel to countries identified as a Level 2 or higher threat by the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), or as a Level 3 or higher threat by the U.S. Department of State, require advance approval – prior to purchasing tickets. It is the traveler’s responsibility to review the CDC and DoS websites to determine whether permission is required. 

In general, travel will not be approved to countries rated Level 3 by the CDC and/or Level 4 by the DoS, but the Safety Review Board will review all requested travel permissions. As an example, China is currently rated Level 3 by the CDC and Level 4 by the DoS; therefore, travel will not be approved to or through China at this time. Travel permission requests should be sent to email All requests will be assessed by a Safety Review Board.

Important Contact Information

  • Division of International Programs, Daytona Beach – (386) 323-8133
  • Center for International Programs & Services, Prescott – (928) 777-3429
  • Embry-Riddle Health Services Department, Daytona Beach – (386) 226-7917
  • Embry-Riddle Wellness Center, Prescott – (928) 777-6653
  • Florida Department of Health – (386) 316-5030
  • Arizona Department of Health Services – (602) 542-1025
  • Embry-Riddle Campus Safety, Daytona Beach – (386) 226-6480
  • Embry-Riddle Campus Safety, Prescott – (928) 777-3333
  • Media Queries – Ginger Pinholster (386) 226-4811
  • Special Travel Permissions –