MSUM student self-reports coronavirus diagnosis

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MOORHEAD — A Minnesota State University Moorhead student has self-reported a case of COVID-19 to the school's dean of students office, according to an email sent to university staff from President Anne Blackhurst on Thursday night, March 19.

The student hasn't returned to campus since spring break and is in self-quarantine. The university was on spring break the week of March 9-14 and classes were called off before students were to return earlier this week on Monday, March 16.

Blackhurst said in her email that "this creates a new sense of unease for our Dragon family. This is our first notification of a case of COVID-19, and we are thankful to this individual for taking responsibility for reporting their condition.

"As access to diagnostics increases both through clinical diagnosis and laboratory confirmation so will the number of positive cases both in the wider community and here at MSU-Moorhead," she said.

"If you feel ill, please take care of yourself and seek medical attention and follow social distancing recommendations," she said.


In addition, she encouraged staff to report any COVID-19 health updates to supervisors.

The self-report follows a release from Clay County Public Health earlier in the day Thursday that the county had the first confirmed coronavirus case in the northern part of the state.

The agency said the case involved a male between 18 and 24 who had been diagnosed in a healthcare facility and who had recently traveled internationally.

He was recovering in isolation at home, the notification said.

Earlier this week statewide, the Minnesota State University System announced it would be continuing all of its courses in alternative delivery methods when classes resume on March 30.

Alternate formats means any number of possible changes to how a class is held. For example, it could mean using technology in a different way or even a change in the number of times a class is held. Because many students do not have adequate access to wi-fi or the internet, and some subjects cannot be taught in an online format, the college system is actively exploring a range of alternatives.

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