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Three at Western test positive for COVID-19

Posted at 9:57 PM, Mar 27, 2020
and last updated 2020-03-27 22:00:47-04

KALAMAZOO, Mich. — Western Michigan University announced Friday evening that three students have tested positive for COVID-19.

The three cases do not seem to be related. The first was returning home from the east side of Michigan, the second's symptoms showed up after distance learning began and is in isolation off campus.

The third student also began experiencing symptoms while distance learning, but lived on campus. They remain in isolation.

"We have been working collaboratively with our local health department, and they have contacted all persons who need to take any additional precautions." Dr. Gayle Ruggiero, Medical Director for Sindecuse Health Center at Western Michigan University posted to their website. "There are no additional precautions required for the public."

The university warns that others may start to experience symptoms and ask everyone to take extra precautions while they work with the Kalamazoo County Health and Community Services Department to evaluate the situation and anyone each student may have made contact with. They remind the community to continue to be vigilant, wash their hands often and avoid touching their faces.

If you begin to develop symptoms of COVID-19, call your healthcare provider for evaluation and instruction. Anyone from the Western Michgian University staff or students in need of additional care should call Sindecuse Health Center (269) 387-3287 or Counseling and Psychiatric Services (269) 387-1850

Ruggiero says they are working closely with their COVID-19 Task Force to keep the virus in check and notify everyone of new information.