Coronavirus (2019-nCoV)

In response to the recent news about suspected cases of the respiratory illness caused by a novel (new) coronavirus (named “2019-nCoV”) in New York, St. Joseph’s College is closely monitoring the situation and following recommendations by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) and New York State Department of Health.

Coronavirus (2019-nCoV) is a strain of virus not previously found in humans that was first detected in Wuhan City, Hubei Province, China. There are hundreds of confirmed cases in China, including cases outside of Wuhan, and suspected cases being identified in a growing number of countries internationally, including the United States. In an effort to protect the health and safety of the SJC community, we are sharing the following information.


Human coronaviruses commonly cause mild-to-moderate illness in people. At this time, the CDC believes symptoms may appear in as few as two days or as long as 14 days after exposure. Symptoms may include:

  • Cough
  • Shortness of breath
  • Fever

*If you are experiencing any of the above symptoms, please seek medical attention.


There are currently no vaccines available to protect against human coronavirus infection. To reduce your risk of infection:

  • Wash your hands often with soap and warm water for at least 20 seconds.
  • Avoid touching your eyes, nose or mouth with unwashed hands.
  • Avoid close contact with people who are sick.

Additional Resources

If you need assistance or have questions, please contact:

  • Joan Carrig-Collins, R.N., SJC Brooklyn college nurse: 718.940.5805, Tuohy Hall, Room 202
  • Kerry Smith Vall, R.N., SJC Long Island college nurse: 631.687.1259, Counseling and Wellness Center, 319 W. Roe Boulevard

Shantey Hill-Hanna, M.S., ATC
Vice President for Athletics and Campus Services
Interim Vice President for Student Life