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WC reports 5th positive COVID-19 case since July

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NEW WILMINGTON, Pa.-- Westminster College is reporting a new case of COVID-19 on campus as of Monday, Sept. 14., but it's only the 5th such case associated with the campus since July.


"A member of the Westminster College community (identified as faculty, staff, or student) has tested positive for COVID-19," Student Affairs Dean Gina Vance wrote in a campus-wide email. "The community member is currently isolating and will remain so until cleared to return to campus. All close contacts have been notified and will be required to quarantine for 14 days."


Last week, 100 Westminster students, who were quarantined for 14-days because of exposure to a previous positive test (case #3), were allowed to return to regular routines on campus. Many were self-isolating at home and have moved back into their residence halls.   


Westminster started classes on Aug. 17 and continues to hold in-person class sessions. Students and faculty also have the option of participating in virtual learning. The Presidents' Athletic Conference called all fall sports earlier in the semester.


Monday's notification from Westminster's administrators is part of the College's reopening plan to inform the community and appropriately following up with state and local health authorities.


Westminster officials also remind everyone to follow the plan's precautionary measures:


  • Temperature screenings are required daily.
  • Masks are required at all times while on campus.
  • Proper and frequent hand washing is required, and the use of hand sanitizer is encouraged when hand washing is not possible.
  • Physical distancing is required.
  • Employees must stay home if they feel sick with COVID-19 symptoms and may not return until a specific time has passed since symptoms have subsided.

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