Update Regarding Coronavirus and the MU Community

March 20, 2020

Dear Mizzou community,

Earlier today, we learned that two MU employees have tested positive for COVID-19. They are currently under quarantine while recovering at home under guidance from their physicians.

We are appreciative that these individuals have taken the correct actions by immediately self-quarantining, following directions from health officials and staying away from others. We also learned in recent days that a Mizzou study abroad student who returned to Missouri, but did not come back to campus, has tested positive. She is also currently recovering in isolation and following advice. She recently made a public media plea to other people to encourage them to take precautions and follow CDC guidelines for social distancing.

Per protocol, public health officials address and investigate each positive case, assess the risk to others and provide notifications to those who need to take increased precautions or monitor themselves.

We know the growing number of cases nationally and in Missouri is concerning and stressful. While these concerns and fear around COVID-19 are understandable, it is extremely important to remain calm. We should all continue to follow CDC advice and pay attention to our personal health and any symptoms that may arise. The COVID-19 symptoms include fever, cough and shortness of breath.

Additionally, if you have recently traveled to areas where there are ongoing outbreaks of COVID-19 and develop fever with cough and shortness of breath within 14 days of your travel, or if you have had contact with someone who is suspected to have COVID-19 and develop these symptoms, stay home and call your local health care provider or local health department immediately. MU Health Care is offering free video assessments for anyone who suspects they might have the disease. It is important to call before going to a doctor’s office, emergency room or urgent care center, and tell them about your recent travel and symptoms.

More information about COVID-19 and university actions can be found on the MU Alert website.

As you know, we have taken many steps to prevent the spread of COVID-19. A UM System presidential directive was issued for all employees to work from home if possible beginning Monday, March 23, and lasting through Sunday, April 12. After spring break, our faculty and students will resume remote courses through the end of the semester.

Thank you for all you have done to help us prevent future cases. We know the Mizzou community will remain vigilant.


Mun Y. Choi, Ph.D.
President, University of Missouri System

Latha Ramchand, Ph.D.
Provost and Executive Vice Chancellor for Academic Affairs, University of Missouri