At least 10 of Monongalia County’s 13 new COVID-19 cases Thursday are confirmed to be WVU students.
According to a release issued by the university at about 7:45 p.m. Thursday, several of those students are known to have been on the WVU Health Sciences Morgantown and Eastern Campuses in the last seven days. No patients have been exposed to any of the affected students.
Investigations and contact tracing are ongoing.
Monongalia County Health Department officials are quickly working to retrace affected students’ movements, and outreach is being made to those with whom the students may have been in close contact, the release states.
The following steps are being implemented, effective immediately:
- The individuals who tested positive have been isolated.
- MCHD is contact tracing to alert anyone who may have been in close contact with the individual in recent days.
- Known close contacts of those who tested positive have been quarantined and will be monitored for the next 14 days.
- The affected areas at both Health Sciences Centers will be undergoing a deep cleaning.
- The University and MCHD will continue to closely monitor the potential impacts of COVID-19 on the campus and greater Morgantown community and be prepared to institute additional precautions as necessary.
A reminder to adhere to the following guidance:
- Continue to follow the governor’s safer at home order and MCHD’s guidance to wear a mask or face cover in public.
- Follow the three “Cs” — avoid close continuous contact with others, crowds and close spaces.
- Practice good hygiene including washing your hands often with soap and water for at least 20 seconds especially after you have been in a public place, or after blowing your nose, coughing or sneezing. If soap and water are not readily available, use a hand sanitizer that contains at least 60% alcohol. Cover all surfaces of your hands and rub them together until they feel dry. Avoid touching your eyes, nose and mouth with unwashed hands.
If you think you have been exposed or are exhibiting symptoms, call first before seeking medical care. Students with health questions or concerns should contact WVU Medicine Student Health at 304-285-7200.
The West Virginia Department of Health and Human Resources established a hotline to address questions and concerns. Operators are available 24/7, toll-free at 1-800-887-4304. WVU Medicine Urgent Care is also offering virtual video visits at no cost.
Other questions may be directed to the MCHD at 304-598-5100 or email coronavirus.wvu.edu.
For information about COVID-19, visit https://coronavirus.wvu.edu/ and for information about best practices for returning to campus visit https://www.wvu.edu/return-to-campus. Additional information can be found on MCHD’s website https://www.monchd.org.