University of Scranton student tests positive for COVID-19


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Briana Ryan

Marywood is recommending that students monitor their health after a University of Scranton student tested positive for COVID-19.

In an email sent to students on March 24, Marywood President Sr. Mary Persico, IHM, Ed.D said the student had attended student gatherings on the 400 block of Clay Avenue in Scranton on March 14.

The gatherings happened on what would have been Scranton’s Annual St. Patrick’s Day Parade; however, it was postponed by organizers to prevent the spread of the virus.

In the email Persico recommended that any student who attended the gatherings monitor their health due to the nature of the virus and its rapid spread.

According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) symptoms of COVID-19 includes fever, coughing and shortness of breath.

In a statement from University of Scranton President Rev. Scott Pilarz, SJ, the university announced that the student, who lives off campus, first developed symptoms last week.

Although the student did attend the gatherings it is not clear when exactly they contracted the virus. The student is currently recovering at home.

As of March 24, there have been 851 confirmed cases of the virus in Pennsylvania. In Lackawanna county there have been 15 cases and one death.

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