Coronavirus in SWFL: FGCU to return to classes as normal; those who’ve traveled overseas asked to self-quarantine

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FILE- Florida Gulf Coast University campus (WINK News)
FILE- Florida Gulf Coast University campus (WINK News)

Officials from Florida Gulf Coast University announced this afternoon that there are no reported cases at the university, therefore, classes will resume from spring break on Monday as planned.

School officials say the university is open and fully operational, but they are following guidance from the CDC and the Florida Department of Health.

They want to make clear to students, teachers and staff if you’ve traveled abroad to China, Italy, South Korea, Iran or Japan over the break to self-quarantine for 14 days and during that time, you cannot go to any part of the campus including residence halls or offices.

After that point, you’d need a letter from their doctor saying you’ve been cleared to go back to school.

Also if you’ve been in contact with any presumed cases and want to see Student Health Services you must call before entering the building.

If you find yourself in this situation, FGCU has outlined the steps you need to take to inform them and how to self-quarantine. You can find all of that information HERE.

FGCU’s leadership is monitoring the coronavirus on a daily basis. For the latest, updated information from FGCU, click here.

Where Florida resident coronavirus patients are in state

Broward County: 3 patients
Charlotte County: 1 patient
Hillsborough County: 1 patient
Lee County: 1 patient
Manatee County: 2 patients
Okaloosa County: 1 patient
Volusia County: 1 patient

Total: 12 patients

Florida resident coronavirus patients who have died in state

Lee County: 1 patient
Santa Rosa County: 1 patient

Total: 2 patients

The numbers above are current as of 11 p.m. Sunday, March 8. See latest state coronavirus numbers on the Florida Department of health website.



The Florida Department of Health has opened a 24-hour COVID-19 Call Center at 1-866-779-6121. Questions may also be emailed to Email responses will be sent during call center hours.

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