In order to prevent the spread of coronavirus, Temple University is asking students and faculty members to return from studying abroad and spring break to stay away from campus.
The university is requiring any students, staff or faculty who have traveled to countries to the five countries most affected by the COVID-19 – China, Iran, South Korea, Japan or Italy-to self-monitor for 14 days after arriving back in the United States.
This measure implies that they must stay home monitoring possible symptoms and also they have to be away from all school campuses.
So far, there are no confirmed cases of coronavirus in the Philadelphia area a but plenty of prevention measures are being taken.
Meanwhile, the Central Bucks School District closed five schools Friday over fears people within the district were exposed to a confirmed coronavirus case. School officials say people within the district were exposed to a confirmed case of coronavirus in another state.
Twelve deaths have been reported related to the coronavirus in the United States, all of them have occurred on the West Coast area.
Also in Bucks County, Pennsbury High School’s marching band learned the school is canceling its international trip.
Band members and their parents are disappointed but understanding.
“I think they must have just thought we can’t take the chance of one kid getting sick over there or having one issue because we took this trip when we should have erred on the side of caution,” parent Paul Baroli said.