Two Cases Of COVID-19 Confirmed At Utah State University
Mar 31, 2020, 9:45 PM | Updated: 9:46 pm
LOGAN, Utah – Two members of the Utah State University campus community have tested positive for COVID-19, according to university officials.
The first case was an employee who had not been on campus for more than 14 days. The second case was a student that lives in off-campus housing.
USU officials said both are recovering and self-isolating at home.
UPDATE: We've confirmed that two individuals in the Logan campus community have tested positive for COVID-19.
These are the first cases reported in our campus community.
Both are recovering and isolating at home.
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“I know this information may cause our students and employees concern, and I want to reassure you that we are working hard to prevent the spread of COVID-19 in our community,” said USU President Noelle Cockett. “We’ll get through this by treating each other with compassion and doing our part to prevent the spread.”
Although these are the first confirmed cases at the university, officials said they have already been planning and preparing to address additional cases in the coming days and weeks.
“The prevention actions everyone should take remain the same: work remotely whenever possible, stay at home when sick, practice good hygiene, and practice social distancing,” USU officials said in a statement.
Officials with the Utah Department of Health said there are 887 confirmed cases of COVID-19 in the state and five people have died.
Over 18,000 Utahns have been tested and 73 are currently hospitalized.
Cache County cases are reported to the Bear River Health Department, which had reported 13 cases as of Tuesday afternoon.
More information on the COVID-19 pandemic is available from the Utah Coronavirus Task Force.
See the latest information from the Utah Coronavirus Task Force here.
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How Do I Prevent It?
The CDC has some simple recommendations, most of which are the same for preventing other respiratory illnesses or the flu:
- Avoid close contact with people who may be sick
- Avoid touching your face
- Stay home when you are sick
- Cover your cough or sneeze with a tissue and then throw the tissue in the trash
- Wash your hands often with soap and water for at least 20 seconds, especially after going to the bathroom, before eating, and after blowing your nose, coughing or sneezing. Always wash your hands with soap and water if your hands are visibly dirty.
- If soap and water are not readily available, use an alcohol-based hand sanitizer with at least 60% alcohol.
The CDC does not recommend wearing a face mask respirator to protect yourself from coronavirus unless a healthcare professional recommends it.
How To Get Help
If you’re worried you may have COVID-19, you can contact the Utah Coronavirus Information Line at 1-800-456-7707 to speak to trained healthcare professionals. You can also use telehealth services through your healthcare providers.
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