Saint Cloud, MN – Even though there hasn’t been a confirmed case of Coronavirus in Minnesota, the disease is impacting students at Saint Cloud State in a different way.
It was announced this past Thursday, that SCSU will be canceling all Education Abroad programs to China for Summer of 2020. By the time of cancellation, 58 students were signed up to embark on the these trips. As of now, only trips to China will be canceled but the school will continue to monitor what the CDC (Center for Disease Control and Prevention) will say about any other travel warnings.
At the time of the outbreak, no SCSU students were participating in any Education Abroad programs in China.
Right now all of Minnesota, and especially in the Saint Cloud area, is at a low risk level to the Coronavirus, according to Alvin Yu, a University Professor of Geography and Tourism. In Minnesota, we are not expecting any incoming flights from China at this time because of quarantine and travel regulations and restrictions from the CDC.
As of now, there are 13 confirmed cases of Coronavirus in the United States and the closest known case to Minnesota is located in Madison, WI. There are also two confirmed cases in the Chicago, IL area. There have been no fatalities in the U.S.
With this recent outbreak, many events have been held on the University’s campus educating the public on Coronavirus. Even though it is not expected, Saint Cloud State says that if a case were to be found in the area, that they would be prepared. For now the University is advocating that students follow the normal flu preventative measures, such as washing hands and covering your coughs.