Notes for Potential Travelers to Ebola Impacted West African Countries
If you travel to Guinea, Liberia, or Sierra Leone you will likely be subject to quarantine restrictions by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), New York State Department of Health (NYSDOH), and local health department, for up to 21 days upon your return to the United States. The situation in Mali is still changing and may also result in similar restrictions.
Air travel from these countries is restricted. Generally you will be required to land at one of five selected U.S. airports. At the airport you will be screened by the CDC and/or the NYSDOH, for your health status and your activities during travel. CDC/NYSDOH may impose restrictions on your movement or activities (e.g., quarantine at home or at a controlled location, self-monitoring for symptoms or monitoring under close observation of a health department official, prohibition from certain modes of public transportation, etc). If you are returning to a New York State location, your restrictions will be enforced by the local health department.
If you would like more information on travel restrictions, please see wwwnc.cdc.gov/travel/notices/ and www.health.ny.gov/diseases/communicable/ebola/docs/screening_protocol_jfk.pdf or contact the JCC Health Services Office.
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Ebola Health Advisory
Governor Cuomo has taken a number of steps to assure New Yorkers that proactive steps are being taken to protect health and safety, including the designation of SUNY Upstate and Stony Brook University Hospital as part of a statewide network of hospitals that will treat any potential patients. In support of the Governor’s preparedness planning and to protect our students and campuses communities, the Chancellor or the State University of New York has expanded the system-wide Ebola working group and continues to provide guidance and direction to all campuses.
The system-wide Ebola working group has been expanded to include campus specialists in medical management, public health, emergency management, international programs and student services. The Steering Committee for this working group is chaired by Dr. John F. Williams, M.D., Ed.D., M.P.H., President of SUNY Downstate Medical Center. Dr. Williams has extensive public health experience and expertise.
This standing committee will convene regularly, monitor the situation locally and beyond and will work to ensure that campuses have access to the latest available information.
Please contact the JCC Health Center if you have any questions or concerns:
10/17/14 - Chancellor Zimpher Outlines SUNY-wide Ebola Preparedness Plan: Ebola Preparedness Memo to Campuses
- Ebola Task Force Steering Committee
- Up to date information from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC): http://www.cdc.gov/vhf/ebola/. Includes links to guidance on multiple pertinent topics including:
- Situation reports and travel advisories and warnings
- Infection control practices for: hospitals, labs, EMS, healthcare facilities, transportation, college and university settings, environmental cleaning
- New York State Department of Health’s Commissioner’s Order for Ebola Preparedness (October 16, 2014) can be found at: http://www.health.ny.gov/diseases/communicable/ebola/
- New York State Department of Health - Health Advisory: Ebola Virus Disease (EVD) Update #2, ( October 3, 2014), for Healthcare Providers, Hospitals, Local Health Departments, Laboratories, and Emergency Medical Service Providers: http://www.health.ny.gov/diseases/communicable/ebola/docs/doh_advisory_2.pdf
- Advice for Colleges, Universities, and Students About Ebola in West Africa, 10/10/14: http://wwwnc.cdc.gov/travel/page/advice-for-colleges-universities-and-students-about-ebola-in-west-africa
- New York State Department of Health Acting Commissioner Howard Zucker: Order in the matter of the prevention and control of the Ebola virus disease.