NEWS BRIEF: First student tests positive for COVID-19


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Ellen Frantz, News Editor

At least one student at Marywood has tested positive for the Coronavirus.

According to the Sunday morning email from Marywood’s Pandemic Coordinator and Director of Equity and Inclusion Dr. Yerodin Lucas, the student resides in off-campus housing and is self-isolating. Members of the Marywood community who were in close contact with the individual have been identified through contact tracing and have been told they need to quarantine.

According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) defines close contact as “any individual who was within 6 feet of an infected person for at least 15 minutes starting from 2 days before illness onset (or, for asymptomatic patients, 2 days prior to positive specimen collection) until the time the patient is isolated.”

According to Lucas, an individual in a classroom setting who maintains at least 6 feet of distance from others while wearing their mask properly is not considered to be a close contact.

While the Marywood COVID dashboard does not yet reflect this positive case, Lucas said in his email that it would be updated no later than Tuesday of this week.

Check back tomorrow for the full story.