Covid-19 Virus

Novel Coronavirus (COVID-19) Information

Statement – March 2, 2020


St. Francis College continues to actively monitor the spread of novel Coronavirus (COVID-19) and evaluate the potential impact to our community. The well-being of our students, faculty, staff, campus visitors and their families remains our top priority.

There are currently no confirmed cases of COVID-19 at St. Francis College. The College is operating normally: all classes, activities, and events are on their standard schedules under usual rules and policies. To date, no changes have been made to our study- and travel-abroad programs.   Members of our community should adhere to U.S. State Department recommendations regarding their own foreign travel, including over the upcoming Spring break.

Please be assured that St. Francis College has plans in place should the situation with COVID-19 change and warrant extra precautions to safeguard health.  We will update you on those if they come into play. Please take a moment to ensure your contact information is current and accurate in SFC Alerts, our emergency alert system:

In the meantime, please remember that symptoms of COVID-19 can mimic those of flu or cold. Anyone who does not feel well should stay home and seek appropriate medical attention.

Please continue to practice good habits to prevent the spread of all respiratory illnesses. These include:

  • Covering your nose and mouth with a tissue or sleeve when sneezing or coughing — do not use your hands
  • Washing your hands often with soap and water. Using an alcohol-based hand sanitizer if you can’t wash
  • Staying home if you are not feeling well
  • Avoiding contact with sick people

The following resources provide additional information about COVID-19:
New York State Department of Health
New York City Health Department
Centers for Disease Control and Prevention
World Health Organization

We are committed to keeping you informed about this developing situation. If you have questions or concerns about COVID-19, please contact Elizabeth Giugliano RN, St. Francis College's Manager of Student Health Services (; 718.489.5366).

Statement – January 31, 2020

You may have heard about the new Coronavirus, an infection initially detected in Wuhan, China that is now spreading to other parts of the world. While no cases have been confirmed yet in New York State or at St. Francis College, we want to help ensure you remain healthy while authorities continue to monitor the spread.

Many of the symptoms of the Coronavirus mimic those of the flu, the common cold, or other illnesses. There are currently no vaccines to protect against the new Coronavirus.

To protect yourself and others, members of the campus community:

  • Are encouraged to seek immediate medical attention if they are experiencing fever, cough or having difficulty breathing.
  • Should not attend classes, work, or College events if they are ill. They should stay home except when seeking medical care and should avoid contact with others.
  • Should cover their mouths or noses with a tissue or their shirtsleeves – not their hands – when coughing or sneezing.
  • Should wash their hands with soap and water for at least 20 seconds. Use an alcohol-based hand sanitizer if soap and water are not available.
  • Should avoid touching your eyes, nose or mouth with unwashed hands.
  • Should avoid close contact with people who are sick.

If you have recently been to China - or have been in contact with someone who has - and feel sick with fever, cough, sore throat or trouble breathing, please stay home and contact your healthcare provider immediately. This Coronavirus is serious and some deaths have been attributed to it.

We will continue to provide updates at as we receive them from health officials, and we encourage you to email Elizabeth Giugliano RN, St. Francis College's resident nurse ( if you have questions specific to Coronavirus. You can also visit the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention's website, which is updated continuously.

We are committed to providing information and support in this rapidly evolving situation.