SFA confirms first COVID-19 case

SFA confirms first COVID-19 case
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NACOGDOCHES, Texas (KTRE) - Stephen F. Austin State University in Nacogdoches has been notified of the first confirmed COVID-19 case among its university community.

According to the SFA website, “the person who tested positive has not been on campus since March 27 and had limited contact with the university community.”

The news release did not identify the individual’s relationship to SFA, also stating, “The university will not release the individual’s name in compliance with federal law that protects health information privacy.”

It is unclear whether this case is listed among the publicly reported numbers released daily by the Nacogdoches County Emergency Management Office.

“When a positive test result is received, the Texas Department of State Health Services will conduct a “contact investigation,” and anyone who needs to self-quarantine should be notified," the website stated. “In this case, and with any future cases, if you are not personally notified, you are not considered to be at increased risk.”

The university’s Spring Break was extended by two days, before SFA announced classes would resume on March 18 in an online or distance education format.

Residence halls were closed for the remainder of the semester and students living on campus were instructed to complete move-out no later than March 29, the website stated.

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