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University Of Kentucky Seeking Travel Info Amid Virus Outbreak

Josh James

With spring break fast approaching, University of Kentucky officials are taking new steps to gather information on student and employee travel. 

UK has already shut down sponsored travel to four countries with Level 3 Travel Health Notices from the CDC – meaning there is "widespread or ongoing community spread of the disease." As of Monday afternoon, those included China, South Korea, Italy, and Iran.

But personal travel is another matter. 

On that score, the school is asking all students, faculty, and staff to voluntarily fill out an online travel form if they plan to travel domestically or internationally. The goal, according to school officials, is to provide guidance upon return.

"If someone goes to a country on spring break and right now they're not at a Level 3, but while they're there they are heightened to a Level 3 by the CDC, and they come back, they'll have to go through that same healthcare protocol," UK spokesman Jay Blanton says. "So it's helpful to know... where people are traveling, how they're traveling, and how long they're there, so we can provide them the right kind of assistance and counsel as they return."

That protocol would include a two-week self-isolation period.

Up to date information about UK’s preparations and a link to the travel registry can be found at uky.edu/coronavirus.

Josh James fell in love with college radio at Western Kentucky University's student station, New Rock 92 (now Revolution 91.7). After working as a DJ and program director, he knew he wanted to come home to Lexington and try his hand in public radio.
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