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Dear Faculty and Staff,

The University of South Dakota has designated a strategic taskforce to continuously monitor the development of the new coronavirus (COVID-19) and prepare for a potential case. As of 3/3/20, there are no confirmed or suspected cases in South Dakota.

USD is specifically monitoring countries identified as the highest notice level – “Warning Level 3.” Level 3 means the CDC recommends that travelers avoid all nonessential travel. Countries currently identified as Level 3 include China, South Korea, Iran and Italy.

If you have plans to travel and find yourself in a Level 3 location prior to your return, please be aware that USD expects employees to self-quarantine for 14 days, as recommended by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. If you have questions about leave policy should this occur, please contact Human Resources at

Students will receive travel advisories prior to leaving for spring break. If there is a student concern related to coronavirus and class attendance, please contact Academic Affairs at

We will continue to update you as developments emerge. For more information on how to protect yourself, visit the CDC website.


USD COVID-19 Taskforce