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Four Boise State international students in 14-day self-isolation

Posted at 4:36 PM, Mar 05, 2020
and last updated 2020-03-05 18:37:22-05

Four Boise State students are participating in a 14-day self-isolation after returning to the United States.

The international students cleared a health screening upon their arrival to Seattle on Monday, and none of them are showing signs or symptoms.

“Public health experts have assured us that the chances of any instance or spread of the illness are very low,” Boise State spokesman Greg Hahn said. “Out of an abundance of caution we want to do all we can to support and ensure the health and safety of everyone in our campus community.”

There are no confirmed cases of COVID-19 in Idaho, and officials say the individual risk in Idaho is low.

Boise State has instituted procedures for self-isolating students visiting or returning from countries with level 3 travel warnings, based on recommendations from federal and state public health experts. The university will continue to update policies and processes as this situation evolves.

“Every day, health experts are learning more about the virus, how it spreads and where it has reached,” Hahn said. “The university is committed to acting on the recommendations and guidelines as they emerge — and we expect that the guidance and information will continue to change rapidly.”

The university’s emergency management team and campus leaders are implementing plans to keep the campus safe and healthy, including travel restrictions, enhanced cleaning protocols and sanitation efforts — as well as procedures to minimize disruptions of university operations should circumstances change in Idaho.