Houston News : 6 at UH under coronavirus ‘self-quarantine’ after traveling abroad

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A nurse checks a passenger’s body temperature as a preventive measure against the new coronavirus, COVID-19, at the Aurora International Airport, in Guatemala City, on March 4, 2020. – Guatemalan health authorities enforce controls at the airport following the rise of COVID-19 cases. (Photo by Johan ORDONEZ / AFP) (Photo by JOHAN ORDONEZ/AFP via Getty Images)

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A nurse checks a passenger’s body temperature as a preventive measure against the new coronavirus, COVID-19, at the Aurora International Airport, in Guatemala City, on March 4, 2020. – Guatemalan health

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Photo: JOHAN ORDONEZ, Contributor / AFP Via Getty Images

Photo: JOHAN ORDONEZ, Contributor / AFP Via Getty Images

A nurse checks a passenger’s body temperature as a preventive measure against the new coronavirus, COVID-19, at the Aurora International Airport, in Guatemala City, on March 4, 2020. – Guatemalan health authorities enforce controls at the airport following the rise of COVID-19 cases. (Photo by Johan ORDONEZ / AFP) (Photo by JOHAN ORDONEZ/AFP via Getty Images)

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A nurse checks a passenger’s body temperature as a preventive measure against the new coronavirus, COVID-19, at the Aurora International Airport, in Guatemala City, on March 4, 2020. – Guatemalan health

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Photo: JOHAN ORDONEZ, Contributor / AFP Via Getty Images

6 at UH under coronavirus ‘self-quarantine’ after traveling abroad

Six students and faculty members at the University of Houston are self-quarantined after returning from trips to South Korea and Italy — a precautionary measure amid the spreading coronavirus outbreak, the university announced Wednesday.

The news comes as Fort Bend County reported the state’s first “presumptive” case of the virus.

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It’s unclear when the students and faculty returned from the trip, but they are required to be under self-quarantine for two weeks away from campus, according to the university’s policy on COVID-19 exposure. Two additional people who traveled for university-related reasons are expected to be self-quarantined by the end of the week, according to a university spokesman.

“This ensures that anyone who has returned and develops symptoms of COVID-19 will not inadvertently spread the virus to others on our campuses,” according to a university statement. “As Spring Break approaches, it is important for anyone considering personal international travel especially to China, Iran, South Korea, Italy or Japan to clearly understand the implications on their return to the United States and to campus.”

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