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Prevention Measures of Severe Pneumonia with Novel Pathogens

Dear faculty members:
Since the outbreak of Severe Pneumonia with Novel Pathogens (SPNP, or commonly known as Wuhan Pneumonia), the Taiwan government has mobilized to ensure the safety of people's lives. To keep NSYSU a healthy campus, the university has set up an epidemic prevention team on January 26. The Team has planned and launched a series of measures based on the instructions of the Central Epidemic Command Center (CECC) and the Ministry of Education's SPNP Response Team.
As the epidemic situation is still ongoing, it is crucial to have high-standard prevention measures for students from mainland China; therefore, the Taiwan government has imposed restriction on mainland students coming/returning to Taiwan until further announcement. 
The university has arranged the lodging unit of the Student Activity Center to serve as the “Quarantine Quarter” and the Dorm E of Tsuiheng Villa as the “Observation Quarter.” Both Quarters will accommodate only one person in each room. Once a student/faculty member is identified as high-risk, he/she will move to Dorm E (or return home) for isolation. Please understand and cope with the measures necessary for preventing the spread of the disease. 
I. Key information
1. To help control the epidemic, the Ministry of Education has announced the start day of the spring semester no earlier than February 25, 2020. NSYSU has decided to postpone the start day to February 27 and extend the registration dates to February 27 and March 2. The semester will end on June 24.  
2. The Office of Academic Affairs has drawn up a "Reassurance Education Program" to accommodate any changes that might affect the students’ registration, payment, course selection, exams, leave of absence, suspension, withdrawal, graduation qualifications, etc. Detailed information will be announced as soon as possible.
3. For those who have a fever or respiratory symptoms at the time of entry to Taiwan, or have traveled or resided in the listed areas such as Hubei Province, Guangdong Province and Zhejiang Province, China 14 days before entry to Taiwan:
(1) Taiwanese students: required to be under "home quarantine" or "home health tracking" for 14 days before returning to campus.
(2) Non-Taiwanese students: required to be under "centralized quarantine" in the "Quarantine Quarter " or "concentrated health observation" in the "Observation Quarter " for 14 days before returning to your original dorm or off-campus rental residence. During the period, the university will assist in purchasing meals. (It is strongly recommended that you conduct self-quarantine or self-health observation at your own residence for 14 days BEFORE entering Taiwan.)
4. For those entering from China, Hong Kong and Macau who have NO fever or respiratory symptoms at the time of entry and NO history of travel or residence in the listed areas such as Hubei, Guangdong and Zhejiang Provinces 14 days before entry:
(1) Taiwanese students: advised to adopt "self-health observation" for 14 days before returning to campus.
(2) Non-Taiwanese students: advised to adopt "self-health observation" at the dorm or off-campus rental residence for 14 days before attending classes or activities on campus.
5. Non-Taiwanese students planning to come/return to Taiwan via China, Hong Kong or Macao are advised to enter before February 12 to fulfill the 14-day self-health management and be ready for classes. Do not enter Taiwan later than February 16.
6. The dormitories will open for move-in on February 26. However, non-Taiwanese students are allowed to move in between February 12 to February 25 without an additional fee.  
7. Taiwanese students whose family in the same residence has a travel history to the listed areas such as Hubei, Guangdong or Zhejiang Provinces 14 days before the students returning to the university should stay home for self-health management until the 14-day period is over. 
8. NSYSU faculty and staff with a travel plan to or via China, Hong Kong and Macao (including transfer flights) should report to the Office of Personnel Service (Mr. Puu) by filling out the “NSYSU Full-Time Employee SPNP (2019-nCoV) Prevention Questionnaire” before leaving Taiwan. And, upon returning to Taiwan, please call Mr. Puu at 07-5252000 ext.2046 and do not
come to the university for work or classes within 14 days of entry. 
9. The university has drawn up a guideline for leave of absence to cope with the outbreak. All measures will follow the instructions of the CECC, the Directorate-General of Personnel Administration of the Executive Yuan, and the Ministry of Education. Please visit https://2019-ncov.nsysu.edu.tw/p/412-1305-19926.php?Lang=zh-tw for up-to-date information.  
II. Relevant links and contact windows
1. CDC's SPNP webpage: https://tinyurl.com/v2hzpzv 
2. Ministry of Education's SPNP webpage: https://tinyurl.com/rne8ess 
3. For the latest epidemic information, please refer to the CDC press releases and the infectious disease statistics search system: https://www.cdc.gov.tw/ 
4. NSYSU's SPNP webpage: https://2019-ncov.nsysu.edu.tw/
5. Inquiries on campus (University Tel: 07-5252000)
1) Office of Academic Affairs:
  • Curriculum and courses: Ms. Hsieh (ext.2132)
  • Enrolment status: Ms. Huang (ext.2124)
2) Office of International Affairs:
  • Mainland students: Melissa Su (ext.2244)
  • Overseas Chinese students, students from HK and Macao: Hui-Ching Yap (ext.2241) 
  • International degree students: Christine Yen (ext.2242)
  • International exchange students: Hana Ting (ext.2636)
3) Office of Student Affairs:
  • Health: Registered nurse Ms. Kuo (ext.2252)
  • Dorm: Mr. Huang (ext.5935)
  • Psychological counseling: Psychologist Ms. Chuang (ext.2233)
4) Office of Personnel Service:
  • Leave of absence: Mr. Puu (ext.2046)
Finally, let's keep alert and support each other. Together we will get through this safe and sound!
NSYSU SPNP Prevention Team
February 4, 2020
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