DANVILLE -- Several international Centre College students who recently returned to campus from China, where there's a widespread outbreak of the 2019 Novel Coronavirus, have been quarantined as a precaution, according to school officials.

Last week, Centre officials stated they were "keeping a watchful eye" on students who had returned home to China during the winter break and were back on campus, as well as other study abroad students, as the coronavirus situation developed.

"On Saturday we received a recommendation from the Kentucky Department for Public Health, in consultation with the Centers for Disease Control, asking that those with recent travel history from China be isolated for a period of 14 days after their arrival," said Centre's Chief Communications Officer Michael Strysick on Wednesday.

Centre officials made arrangements for the students to be quarantined on Sunday, Feb. 9, according to a message college President John Roush sent to students and staff that afternoon. The recommendation was that people who have traveled to China should be in isolation for 14 days after their arrival in the United States.

"To be clear, this is 14 days from an individual's time of arrival, not 14 days from today," the letter read.

"While this does involve a small number of those in our campus community, I want to be very clear that no one has the coronavirus or even shows any symptoms. Nonetheless, we are following these guidelines as a preventative measure to be safe and cautious," Roush wrote.

Because of medical privacy laws, Strysick said he could not say how many students were quarantined. However, he did say that students will be able to continue with their classes.

"The Academic Affairs office has worked with each student and their professors to assure that their coursework is not interrupted in any way. In some instances, this has involved the use of technology," Strysick said. "Everyone has been very cooperative."

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