NEW WILMINGTON, Pa.-- Westminster College is reporting a new positive case of COVID-19. College officials announced the news in a campus-wide email on Wednesday. This is the third positive case reported by the College since late July and the first since classes began on Aug. 17.
"A member of the Westminster College community (identified as faculty, staff, or student) has tested positive for COVID-19," VP of Student Affairs Gina Vance wrote. "The community member has returned home to isolate and remain home until cleared to return to campus. All close contacts are being notified this afternoon and will be required to quarantine for 14 days."
Campus leaders say they will continue to work with the community member and their close contacts during this recovery period.
The campus notification is part of the College's reopening plan to inform the community and appropriately following up with state and local health authorities.
Campus 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.