Two more Longwood students quarantined

Published 4:09 pm Thursday, March 12, 2020

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Two students who shared living space with the Longwood student who received a presumptive positive coronavirus test result have been quarantined.

A release from the Piedmont Health District of the Virginia Department of Health said the students were quarantined Wednesday.

The release also gave new detail on the condition and origins of contact for the student who received the presumptive positive test result.

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“This student has relatively mild symptoms and is a family contact of a presumptive positive COVID-19 case from another region of Virginia,” the release said.

Health officials said the university’s actions have helped isolate the virus.

“There is no evidence of a community spread either within the university community or the surrounding Farmville community,” Piedmont Health District Director Dr. Robert Nash said. “University leadership has done all appropriate measures to contain this situation and minimize contact and possible spread of this virus. Their prompt and responsible actions have appropriately responded to safeguard the community.”

Longwood Assistant Vice President of Communications, Matt McWilliams, said Virginia Department of Health officials examined where the student who tested positive went before self quarantining and were comfortable no students other than the student’s roommates needed to quarantined.

A statement on the website in a question and answer section about the virus said the patient who received the presumptive positive test had no symptoms such as sneezing and coughing. Therefore the risk of exposing others to the virus was reduced.

“The risk to the campus community generally still remains low,” McWilliams said.

McWilliams said one of the roommates is being quarantined in the area while the other roommate made the decision to self-quarantine at home outside the area. He specified that none of the students are being quarantined on Longwood’s central campus.

Most patients with COVID-19 have only mild to moderate symptoms. However, in a small proportion of patients, COVID-19 can lead to more severe symptoms, including death, particularly among those who are older or those who have chronic medical conditions. Symptoms include fever, cough, and difficulty breathing. Symptoms appear within 14 days of being exposed to an infectious person. COVID-19 spreads primarily through respiratory droplets produced when an infected person coughs or sneezes.