OGDEN — A member of the Weber State track and field team has tested positive for COVID-19, the university announced Saturday.
It is the first confirmed case of the disease caused by the new coronavirus at WSU. The athlete, who was not identified in a university statement distributed campuswide, is currently self-isolating.
“The thing that we are trying to do is communicate,” said Allison Hess, spokesperson for the university. “I think in times when people are anxious, they they do want to receive information, and so we were trying to be as transparent and open as possible.”
The student was exposed to the new coronavirus after in-person classes were canceled March 13, through a nonstudent friend who later received a positive test result. Courses were suspended at Weber State through Tuesday, March 17, while faculty transitioned their courses online. All courses resumed, fully online, on Wednesday, March 18.
Before learning of the friend’s diagnosis, the WSU athlete met once outside in a small group with other members of the team and has since been engaging in social distancing, according to the statement.
Coaches and team members who had been in contact with the athlete have been made aware of the test result, according to the release, and are being asked to maintain healthy distances from others and to self-monitor their conditions.
The athlete did not require hospitalization, Hess said, and is currently recovering at home.
Students are discouraged from coming to campus, Hess said, and buildings are only accessible to those with key access, who typically are faculty and staff. However, anyone who can work from home is encouraged to, she said.