Coronavirus Update for Our Community (2/27/20)

Dear Pomona College Community:

As the coronavirus situation unfolds, we are writing with updates on travel advisories and to provide information on health precautions our community can take together.

With spring break approaching, it is important to be aware of current U.S. State Department travel advisories regarding the coronavirus.

With its highest warning, level four, the State Department advises against travel to China. The level four travel advisory for Iran also lists coronavirus among the reasons for the warning. For Mongolia and South Korea, a level three warning advises people to reconsider travel.

The department also has issued level two warnings for Hong Kong, Italy and Japan, calling for increased precautions. The situation continues to change and the latest updates can be found on the State Department’s web.

For students currently on study abroad, we are closely monitoring events and staying in close touch with programs. We also are continuing to monitor the situation here in the U.S.

To date, no students, faculty or staff members have been diagnosed with coronavirus at The Claremont Colleges. On a national level, the Centers for Disease Control (CDC) has noted that the coronavirus is likely to start spreading in communities in the U.S. at some point. We all can start to take precautions now. It is also important to work against discrimination and rumors.

As the situation develops, we will continue to offer Pomona-focused information on our web.

The CDC indicates the main symptoms are:  fever, cough and shortness of breath.

Please contact your healthcare provider if you need non-emergency medical assistance, or call 911 for a medical emergency.

For our students, Student Health Services at The Claremont Colleges Services (TCCS) is providing information about the outbreak, resources and medical assistance. Students can reach the health center at (909) 621-8222, or after hours or weekends, call Campus Safety at (909) 607-2000.

Everyone can take these important additional steps:

  • Avoid contact with others if feeling ill and symptomatic.
  • Do not travel while sick.
  • Cover your mouth and nose with a tissue or your sleeve (not your hands) when coughing or sneezing.
  • Wash hands often with soap and water for at least 20 seconds. Use an alcohol-based hand sanitizer if soap and water are not available.

More resources:

In coming days, let’s work together as a community to share accurate information and take appropriate health precautions.


Bob Gaines, vice president for academic affairs and dean of the college
Robert Goldberg, vice president, COO and treasurer
Avis Hinkson, vice president for student affairs and dean of students