News, St. Cloud State — May 1, 2020 at 5:50 pm

SCSU reports its first confirmed COVID-19 case

St. Cloud State University reported its first confirmed COVID-19 lab tested case on April 30. Photo credit: Tony Langfellow

A member of the St. Cloud State University community has been officially diagnosed with the Coronavirus (COVID-19) from a lab test. Students and staff were notified via email from President Robbyn Wacker at about 2 p.m. today.

According to the email, once a person has been diagnosed with COVID-19, the Minnesota Department of Health explored the nature and conditions of the case.

For this case, they have determined that the risk of exposure at our university is low and similar to the exposure one might have while being out in the community,” Wacker’s email read.

In the announcement, Wacker offered her condolences for the individual that tested positive and reminded the SCSU community that they strive to keep the buildings that are still open clean and safe for people to utilize during this uncertain time. The University has been in close contact with the Minnesota Department of Health regarding the person and the situation. 

“I understand that this news may create unease in our community. I want you to know that we continue to have the safety, security, and health of our staff and students as our top priority,” Wacker’s email read.

St. cloud State University remains quiet during the COVID-19 pandemic. Photo credit: Tony Langfellow

Wacker also outlined the importance of everyone keeping their physical distance from others while also staying on top of health suggestions such as washing hands with soap and water, staying home if you are sick, having a healthy diet, and keeping routinely used areas clean at all times.

Wacker reminded the members of St. Cloud State University that if you have COVID-19 symptoms to check the Minnesota Department of Health recommendations. 

Wacker said that as more people begin to test for the Coronavirus and as more tests become possible, the number of cases will increase and more will come up as positive.

“We will get through this together as a community, and will be stronger when we emerge,” Wacker said.

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