Coronavirus Update - 3/25/2020
March 25, 2020 - 5:30 p.m.
Washington College Student Who Attended Off-Campus Gathering Tests Positive for COVID-19
Kent County Health Department Launches Public Health Investigation into Community Case of COVID-19 to Identify Those Who May Have Been Exposed to the Novel Coronavirus SARS-CoV-2.
CHESTERTOWN—Washington College’s Emergency Operations Group has been made aware that a Washington College student who lives in off-campus housing has tested positive for COVID-19. The student returned to their off-campus private residence in Chestertown the weekend of March 13-15 and attended an off-campus outdoor gathering at another private student residence in Chestertown on the afternoon of March 13.
The student is under a doctor’s care in their home state, where they were tested on March 18 and received positive test results on March 22. According to CDC guidelines, the student is in self-isolation for 14 days. The student’s off-campus roommates have all returned to their homes beyond Chestertown.
Washington College is assisting the Kent County Health Department by helping to identify others who may have come into contact with this student from March 13-15. Health Department officials have asked that any individual who attended an off-campus gathering hosted by Washington College students the afternoon of March 13 contact them and self-quarantine for the remainder of the 14-day quarantine period, ending this Sunday, March 29. Questions and concerns should be directed to the Kent County Health Department at 410-778-7040, and not to Washington College Health Services.
If you believe you were exposed, are exhibiting symptoms including fever, cough, or shortness of breath, and are in Kent County, please contact the Kent County Health Department. If you have returned to your home county or state and are exhibiting symptoms, please contact your primary care provider.
March 25, 2020 - 10 a.m.
Washington College Student Tests Negative for COVID-19
This morning, the Washington College campus community received some much-needed good news. The student who was hospitalized last week under suspicion of COVID-19 has tested negative for the highly contagious respiratory disease.
Following guidance from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, the student’s traveling companions and suitemates have been in voluntary quarantine since Friday, March 13, while test results were pending.
“While the threat of COVID-19 to our community is real, this news comes as a relief to everyone who feared possible exposure on our College campus,” notes College President Kurt Landgraf. “I am so proud of this young man and his friends who did the right thing by taking responsibility for the community’s health.”
Washington College will continue to follow the measures put into place over the past two weeks to slow the spread of the novel coronavirus. Students and faculty are engaged in remote learning, public events have been cancelled or postponed, many staff are working from home, and access to campus is restricted to those students, faculty, and staff who have permission to be on campus.