Central Washington University student being tested for coronavirus

ELLENSBURG, Wash. – A Central Washington University student has been tested for the Novel Coronavirus.

According to a letter from the University President James Gaudino, the student recently traveled internationally to attend an event, which may have exposed them to the virus.

The student reportedly became ill and was seen locally at the CWU Student Medical and Counseling Clinic. The student was voluntarily placed in isolation and is now under supervision by the Kittitas County Public Health Department.

Gaudino wanted to ensure the CWU community that this is not a confirmed case of the virus. Testing is a precautionary measure and the KCPHD anticipated most people tested will not have the infection.

“CWU and KCPHD are working together to ensure the student is being cared for and that the campus remains safe,” Gaudino said. “KCPHD has interviewed the student and will work with any close contacts to mitigate any potential exposures.:

The student’s test results are expected within the next few days and the student will stay in isolation until they are confirmed.

As of Thursday, only one case of Novel Coronavirus infection was confirmed in Washington case. That case was in Snohomish County.

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