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Longwood student in self quarantine

Longwood University announced Tuesday a student is self-quarantining due to the new virus outbreak.

The move was taken under the guidance of the Centers for Disease Control based on recent travel or possible contact with someone who has tested positive for the COVID-19 virus.

“Out of an abundance of caution, the Virginia  Department of Health (VDH) has had the student tested for the virus on Tuesday, March 10,” the release stated. “The results are not yet available and we will continue to communicate with campus.”

The release was posted on the longwood. edu website at 12:15 Tuesday.

The VDH is in close contact with Longwood and has told the school that no one else on campus needs to self-quarantine, currently. Longwood students with flu-like symptoms were urged to stay in their residence.

“In the event someone in our community does test positive for the virus, we are prepared to help them continue to self-quarantine and take any additional steps recommended,” the release stated. “With our assistance, the Virginia Department of Health would contact those who may have been in contact with that person.”

The release said the risk to the general population remains low and states the university does not plan to cancel any campus events.

“We continue to implement a comprehensive plan to keep campus clean,” the release stated.