12 students test positive for COVID-19 at University of Charleston

CHARLESTON, WV (WOAY)- The University of Charleston’s return-to-campus protocol has shown 12 positive COVID-19 test results out of 1,643 tests.

The tests were administered between July 26-August 16, 2020 and yielded a 0.7% positive rate. The positive results are all from the Charleston campus; the Beckley campus has had no positive tests. Among those that tested positive were ten students and two employees.

The University’s health and safety protocols follow Centers for Disease Control, West Virginia Governor’s Office, WV Department of Health and Human Resources, and Kanawha-Charleston Health Department guidance on testing, isolation, quarantine, contact tracing, cleaning, distancing and personal protective equipment.

Those testing positive were immediately isolated. Three of the students have been commuter students required to isolate at home.  Seven are residential students who are isolating in an area set aside for those testing positive while living on campus.

Working in partnership with Charleston Area Medical Center and Beckley Appalachian Regional Healthcare, all students and employees who will be on a UC campus this semester are being tested.  This week should conclude the majority of return-to-campus testing.  Results will continue to be closely monitored.

“The UC community willingly complies with established health and safety protocols,” said Marty Roth, UC President. “We are doing everything we can to keep our campus safe.  All of these measures are designed to serve our students, employees, and communities during a very challenging pandemic and unique school year.”

To focus efforts on our UC community, both campuses are closed to visitors.  Additional coronavirus information, including future testing results, can be found via the university’s coronavirus page: https://www.ucwv.edu/coronavirus-information/.

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