ISU Reports COVID-19 Case Tied To Residence Hall | WGLT

ISU Reports COVID-19 Case Tied To Residence Hall

Aug 11, 2020

An Illinois State University student in a residence hall has tested positive for COVID-19, a university spokesperson said Tuesday.

ISU declined to identify in which residence hall the student was living, or when and where the student was tested.

The person who tested positive has left the university for a temporary time to recover, said ISU spokesperson Eric Jome.

"We have a lot of protocols in place for dealing with this sort of thing," Jome said. "The individual that tested positive did leave campus for a time, and we also do have isolation and quarantine spaces for those who are not able to leave and go back to a permanent residence."

ISU's residence halls are open this fall, despite most classes being online. Additional dorm precautions include required face coverings (within common areas) and limited guests.

Move-in has been underway since Aug. 7 at ISU's residence halls and university-owned apartments. The extended move-in period is part of the university's COVID-19 response.

This is not the first case of COVID-19 on or near campus. In early May, the public learned that seven ISU students contracted COVID-19 at a private residence, and that ISU reported its first on-campus confirmed case. Separately, four student-athletes tested positive in June and July.

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