UC Davis Student Who Had Symptoms Tests Negative for Coronavirus

Paula Liu
By Paula Liu
March 2, 2020USshare
UC Davis Student Who Had Symptoms Tests Negative for Coronavirus
Passengers wear protective masks to protect against the spread of the Coronavirus as they arrive on a flight from Asia at the Los Angeles International Airport, Calif., on Jan. 29, 2020. (Mark Ralston/AFP via Getty Images)

The student from the University of California (UC), Davis, who was suspected of having contracted the novel coronavirus has been cleared after testing, according to a statement issued by the school campus on Feb. 29.

According to the Yolo County Health officials, the student from the campus dorms was quarantined at home on Feb. 25 on suspicion of having contracting COVID-19 from a known source.

Concerns at the university for infections were high after a patient who had the virus was admitted to the campus’s medical center. The university said that they could not speak as to whether the students had contact with that patient that due to patient privacy issues.

“Today we learned a patient we are treating here at UC Davis Medical Center for the novel coronavirus (COVID-19) is being investigated by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) as possibly the first patient to have received the infection from exposure in the community,” a letter from university health officials read.

The UC Davis Medical Center stated at the time that there were no further confirmed cases of the coronavirus and issued a warning to people to take precautionary measures to prevent any virus from spreading.

Daily disinfection practices were put in place at the school for students, staff, as well as other individuals.

Later Thursday afternoon, the school said that two more students had been placed in isolation as a precaution to prevent any potential spread of the virus. The two individuals were asymptomatic but had been roommates with the symptomatic individual being tested for the virus by the CDC.

“Three members of the campus community who had been living in Kearney Hall are currently in isolation. The CDC is testing one of them for COVID-19, and this person is not on campus. The other two individuals are asymptomatic, meaning they are not showing any symptoms of illness, so, following CDC guidance, they have not been tested,” according to a statement.

The students remained in isolation until Saturday when they were given the all clear after the first student’s test came back negative.

The school and Yolo County Health Officials have said that students are still encouraged to put into practice proper hygiene habits to reduce their risk of contracting the virus.

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