COVID-19 and Spring Break Travel

By Bonnie Gorman, Dean of Students and Vice President of Student Affairs; Jacqueline Huntoon, Provost and Senior Vice President of Academic Affairs; and Sue Kerry, CFO and Senior Vice President for Administration

With Spring Break fast approaching, you may have questions about how the coronavirus disease 2019 (COVID-19) may affect your travel plans. Michigan Tech is following recommendations from the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) and the Western Upper Peninsula Health Department regarding travel restrictions.

At this time, Michigan Tech is restricting University-related travel to China, Iran, Italy and South Korea, consistent with the Level 3 Travel Warnings issued by the CDC for those countries.  

If you are planning personal travel abroad, to these or other locations, check the US Department of State and CDC travel advisories for the most up-to-date information, including entry and exit requirements. Depending on your destination, you may have to make difficult decisions to change or even cancel plans to ensure your own well-being and timely return to Houghton.You should also check with the country where you are planning to travel, as many have instituted their own travel restrictions and quarantines. Be mindful that travel restrictions can change at any time with no notice.  

We are still learning about COVID-19, and reported illnesses have ranged from mild to severe. Symptoms may appear two to 14 days after exposure and may include fever, cough or shortness of breath. 

If you believe you may have been exposed to COVID-19 while you were away, please contact UP Health System Portage (906-483-1000) or Aspirus Keweenaw Hospital (906-337-6500), tell them about your concerns, and follow their guidance. If you find yourself in a quarantine or self-monitoring situation, please contact the following offices for support and assistance:  

If you have questions about international travel, please contact the Office of General Counsel at 906-487-2318.  

The University continues to monitor coronavirus developments and will provide up-to-date information.