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COVID-19 Resources for KU International Community

Last updated Monday, June 29

What restrictions are in place for Lawrence?

Lawrence and Douglas County are in a phased reopening. As of June 8, Douglas County is in Phase 3. All businesses are allowed to reopen as long as they maintain six feet of social distance between individuals or groups and follow fundamental cleaning and public health practices. 


During Phase 3, what safety guidelines should be followed in public?

  • Avoid gatherings of more than 45 people.
  • Maintain six feet of social distance.
  • Wear masks or cloth face coverings in all business establishments and public places

>> Phase 3 guidelines from Lawrence-Douglas County Public Health  


What is social distancing?

Social distancing means increasing the physical space between people to help stop the spread of illness. You should avoid group settings and mass gatherings, and you should stay six feet away from other people.

Ways to social distance

  • Work from home instead of at the office
  • Close schools and switch to online classes
  • Visit family and friends via electronic devices instead of in-person


What is self-quarantine?

People who have been exposed to COVID-19 or have traveled from areas with widespread, ongoing community spread should self-quarantine for 14 days from the time they were exposed or left the affected area. The CDC provides the following guidelines:

  • Take temperature with a thermometer two times a day to monitor for fever. Also, watch for a cough or trouble breathing.
  • Stay at home and avoid contact with others. Do not go to work or school for 14 days.
  • Do not take public transportation, taxis or ride-shares such as Uber or Lyft.
  • Avoid crowded places, such as shopping malls or movie theaters and limit activities in public.
  • Keep a six-foot distance from others. Those who don’t live alone should retreat to their room or live in separate areas of the house.

On March 14, KU established new guidelines requiring anyone who traveled internationally within the past 14 days to self-quarantine at home. 

What protective steps should we take when we do leave the home?

The best way to prevent infection is to avoid being exposed to this virus. There are simple everyday preventive actions to help prevent the spread of respiratory viruses. Along with the safety guidelines mentioned above, these include:

  • Avoid close contact with people who are sick.
  • Avoid touching your eyes, nose and mouth with unwashed hands.
  • Wash your hands often with soap and water for at least 20 seconds. Use an alcohol-based hand sanitizer that contains at least 60% alcohol if soap and water are not available.
  • To keep from spreading respiratory illness to others, you should:
    • Stay home when you are sick.
    • Cover your cough or sneeze with a tissue, then throw the tissue in the trash.
    • Clean and disinfect frequently touched objects and surfaces.
    • Currently, there are no vaccines available to prevent novel coronavirus infections.


>> KU COVID 19 Info

>> Watkins Health Services

>> Lawrence-Douglas County Public Health

>> Kansas Department of Health and Environment

>> Centers for Disease Control and Prevention

>> World Health Organization advice for public 

>> World Health Organization advice for the public (in world languages)

>> COVID information in multiple languages

>> COVID information in endangered languages

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