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UPDATE: IU Student In Bloomington Tested Positive For COVID-19

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(Matt Rasnic, WFIU/WTIU News)

The Monroe County Health Department says it received a notification today of an Indiana University student living in Bloomington who has tested positive for COVID-19, giving Monroe County its first confirmed case of the coronavirus.

According to a news release from MCHD, “The student has been in isolation off of the Bloomington campus since March 13 and is now exhibiting only mild symptoms.”

County Health Administrator Penny Caudill says she fully expects to see more confirmed cases in the coming days.

IU Health Center Medical Director Dr. Beth Rupp says the student went to the IU Health Center on Friday, March 13, was swabbed for the coronavirus and began isolating that day.

IU Health Center sent the swab samples to the private lab LabCorp on the 13th for testing and was notified of the positive result Friday morning.

Rupp says she does not know where the student contracted the virus but the individual had not traveled recently, nor did they know anyone who was infected.

Caudill says MCHD is now conducting contact tracing to determine who may have come into contact with the student while they were contagious.

Rupp says the IU Health Center has sent just one test to the state lab, while the rest have been sent to private labs like LabCorp.

The IU Health Center has sent 12 tests out in total, three of which were returned with negative results. Eight IU students’ test results are pending.

Mitch Legan contributed to this story.

For the latest news and resources about COVID-19, bookmark our Coronavirus In Indiana page here.

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