MTSU confirms 1st case of COVID-19 on campus

Posted at 2:48 PM, Mar 26, 2020
and last updated 2020-03-26 17:21:33-04

MURFREESBORO, Tenn. (WTVF) — A Middle Tennessee State University on-campus student has tested positive for COVID-19 and is currently self-isolating.

MTSU President Sidney A. McPhee said university officials have reported the case to local and state public health officials as well as the MTSU Student Health Services team, which "is working to support the student’s recovery."

The student, who lived in a private bedroom in a Scarlett Commons apartment, became symptomatic while the University was on extended Spring Break. The student reported to Student Health Services on Tuesday, March 24, after not feeling well. Out of an abundance of caution, the student was tested and the results were positive for COVID-19.

Each student, faculty or staff the student was in contact with was notified of their possible exposure and the necessary precautions that they needed to take.

President McPhee said the school continues to take the following steps following the confirmed case:

The student is immediately either sent to their off-campus home or apartment, or, if that is not possible, is moved to a separate on-campus apartment for quarantine, where there will be no interaction with other students, faculty, or staff.
It is the university’s preference that students who need to begin self-quarantine do so at the home of their family or their permanent home, whenever possible, where they may find additional levels of support and assistance.
Meals will be prepared and delivered to any on-campus student required to self-quarantine.
The student will not be permitted to leave the apartment, eat in the dining areas, or access any other campus facilities until the time of quarantine is complete as directed by our Student Health staff.
Any student who undergoes on-campus quarantine will be monitored by our MTSU Student Health staff.