WSU's First COVID-19 Case Confirmed
This communication was sent campuswide on March 21, 2020.
Dear Weber State Students, Faculty and Staff:
One of our student athletes tested positive for COVID-19 on March 20, and is currently self-isolating. The university is working closely with public health officials to support a full and speedy recovery for this individual.
The student, a member of our track and field team, who lives off campus, had initial exposure from a non-student friend after classes were canceled (March 13). The friend subsequently tested positive for COVID-19. Before knowing of the friend’s diagnosis, our student had one-time, limited exposure outside in a small group with other members of the team and has been social distancing since Monday, March 16.
Coaches and other members of the team who had direct contact with this individual are aware and are being asked to social distance and self-monitor.
Since this is the first confirmed case of COVID-19 involving a member of our Weber State community, we wanted to personally inform you of this development. As additional cases are diagnosed, we will post as much information as we can on our weber.edu/coronavirus page.
The Utah Department of Health continues to report the total number of confirmed cases in the state at coronavirus.utah.gov/latest. We will also update you about significant developments as we work together through this challenging time.
If you have experienced the following, you should contact your healthcare provider concerning possible exposure to COVID-19:
- Fever of more than 100.5 degrees
- New or worsening cough
- New or worsening shortness of breath
- Close contact (6 feet or less) for a duration of 15 minutes or more with someone diagnosed with COVID-19
- Recent travel to a country at a Level 3 CDC designation
As new information emerges, please remember the risk of COVID-19 is not connected with race, ethnicity or nationality. Do not make determinations of risk based on race or country of origin, and be sure to maintain confidentiality of those who may be tested for or have confirmed coronavirus infection. Sharing accurate information from only reliable sources is the best thing community members can do to keep rumors and misinformation from spreading.
Visit weber.edu/coronavirus for the latest updates re: Weber State’s response to COVID-19. If you have additional questions not addressed on our FAQ page, email COVID19@weber.edu.
Director of Public Safety