JSU student meets criteria for COVID-19 testing, results pending; classes moving online

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JACKSONVILLE, Ala. (WIAT) — Jacksonville State University has announced that a student has met the requirements to be tested for COVID-19.

The student has been named a Person Under Investigation for the virus. The test results are still pending to see if the student has been infected.

According to JSU, the student had fallen ill Sunday after returning from out-of-state. The student allegedly only visited three locations on campus since Sunday and all locations are being cleaned and sanitized at this time.

In a press conference Thursday, JSU says the student has been placed in isolation on campus and roommates have been placed in self-quarantine. The school expects to have results of the tests within the next 48 hours.

JSU has also announced that they will be moving all classes online starting March 13. All campus events have also been canceled until further notice.

Calhoun County EMA Director Michael Barton says the county has been prepared for a case of COVID-19 for months.

“It is interesting, we have had a number of developments in this county from the very beginning. But this county is up to the challenge,” Barton said.

Barton says the county is pulling its resources together to make sure everyone stays on the same page.

“We’ve activated our external affairs support team, which is a representative of public information officers from any organization throughout the county. We established a joint information center so all that information is funneled in from PIO’s in one place. Then it can all be disseminated in the same way.”

EMA officials want to emphasize if someone does feel ill and believe they may have contracted the virus, they must call their doctor before arriving at a clinic.


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