The following information was sent by email on February 1, 2020


This message includes important, time-sensitive information for members of the Duke community who have been in mainland China and will arrive in the United States on or after 12 p.m. on Sunday, February 2, 2020.

You may be aware that the U.S. Department of State has issued a Level 4 – Do not Travel to China advisory and the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services has declared a public health emergency.  As a result, all individuals returning to the U.S. from mainland China are asked to self-isolate for 14 days. In addition, all foreign nationals (other than immediate family of U.S. citizens and permanent residents) who have been to mainland China in the last 14 days are temporarily banned from entering the country.

All Duke students, faculty and staff who will return to the U.S. from China after 12 p.m. on Sunday, February 2, 2020, are expected to immediately self-isolate and complete the survey (note: survey no longer active).

This information will help the university provide as much support as possible to ensure the health and well-being of the Duke community.  Duke medical specialists will monitor the responses, provide guidance on self-isolation as needed and respond to your questions as quickly as possible. Be assured that information provided on this survey will be secure and kept confidential.

If you traveled to mainland China in the last 14 days and feel sick with fever, cough, or difficulty breathing, you should seek medical attention right away.

  • Students should contact Student Health at  919-681-9355, option 2 and ask to speak to a triage nurse.
  • Faculty or staff members should contact Employee Occupational Health & Wellness at 919-684-3136, option 2 and ask for a nurse; after business hours call the Blood and Body Fluid exposure emergency hotline at 919-684-8115.
  • Visitors to Duke should contact the North Carolina Division of Public Health at 1-866-462-3821 for further clinical guidance.

All members of the Duke community are encouraged to monitor the Duke coronavirus website at for the latest updates.

For further information about these procedures and to address any situations not covered by this message, please contact Chloe Hallberg, Director of Emergency Services, at

Thank you for your help complying with federal regulations. At this time there are no known cases of the novel coronavirus in North Carolina or at any Duke facility, and with your help we will continue to keep our community as healthy as possible.