Winthrop University was told Monday that a resident student who stopped by a Winthrop residence hall on March 17 to pick up belongings during spring break has tested positive for COVID-19. The student followed protocol and upon showing symptoms of the virus, sought medical advice and testing where s/he permanently resides.
While the resident was on campus for only a short time, precautions have been taken in the hall to sanitize shared space and frequently touched surfaces, university officials said.
Others who may have come into close contact with the student who tested positive are being notified of possible exposure.
The university does not intend to publicly announce each additional case.
“Our recent decision to close campus for the remainder of the semester is in keeping with the advice of public health experts to maximize such social distancing,” officials said in a news release.
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