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Mar. 14, 2020 – Positive COVID-19 case on campus

Posted by on Saturday, March 14, 2020 in Community Messages.

A non-residential undergraduate student who has been on campus during the past week has tested positive for coronavirus disease, COVID-19, and is currently self-isolating off campus.

The university is working with public health officials to follow up with those who have been potentially exposed.

If a member of the Vanderbilt community is on campus and begins to experience symptoms, students on campus should contact the Student Health Center, while faculty, staff and postdocs on campus should contact the Occupational Health Clinic for further evaluation. Individuals off campus should contact their medical provider.

As a reminder, the CDC always recommends everyday preventive actions to limit the spread of respiratory viruses, including:

  • Wash your hands often with soap and water for at least 20 seconds. Use an alcohol-based hand sanitizer that contains at least 60% alcohol if soap and water are not available.
  • Avoid touching your eyes, nose, and mouth with unwashed hands.
  • Avoid close contact with people who are sick.
  • Stay home when you are sick.
  • Cover your cough or sneeze with a tissue, then throw the tissue in the trash.
  • Clean and disinfect frequently touched objects and surfaces.

The university is continuing its enhanced cleaning and sanitizing protocols. These actions include:

  • Twice-a-day cleaning of high-touch areas, such as doorknobs, elevator buttons, etc
  • Installation of additional free-standing hand sanitizing stations across campus
  • Disinfected childcare centers and other high-touch university facilities

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