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What is the Coronavirus? 

The 2019 Novel Coronavirus (2019-nCoV) is a respiratory disease that was first identified in Wuhan, Hubei Province of China. Learn more about 2019 Novel Coronavirus. This is a new virus that has not yet been identified.

Has the 2019 Novel Coronavirus (2019-nCoV) reached the United States? 

Yes, there are currently 5 confirmed cases in the United States. They are in California, Washington, Arizona, and Illinois. There are NO confirmed cases in Missouri or within the MCC community. See the location of current cases in the US.

What is MCC doing? 

MCC is closely monitoring the Center for Disease Control (CDC), World Health Organization (WHO), and Jackson County Health Department websites for any updates on the 2109 Novel Coronavirus. MCC is committed to keeping students, staff, faculty, and administrators apprised of any new updates.

How can I help protect myself?

  1. Recognize the symptoms of illness;
  2. Seek care and immediately notify MCC if you have recently traveled within the affected region and are experiencing these symptoms;
  3. Always practice good hygiene, wash hands, cover coughs and sneezes, and avoid sharing food, cups or utensils; and
  4. Stay home if you are sick.

What are the symptoms? 

Symptoms can include a high fever, cough, and difficulty breathing, similar to what you may feel with influenza or a bad cold. The incubation period (how soon the symptoms appear from the time of first exposure) for these types of viruses is typically 10-14 days. 

What should I do if I think I may have been exposed to 2019-nCoV? 

Seek medical treatment immediately. Your healthcare provider will work with the Center for Disease Control (CDC) if they believe you should be tested for 2019-nCoV.

Is it safe to travel to China? 

The CDC has issued a level 3 travel advisory for Hubei Province, China and a level 2 travel advisory for the entire country of China. If you are planning travel to China it is important to review the CDC issued guidance.

Who should I contact at MCC with questions or concerns I may have been exposed? 

Contact the Director of Risk and Compliance, Crystal Walsh, at 816-604-1124 or


Last Modified: 1/31/20