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K-State Today Special Issue

April 4, 2020

Positive COVID-19 case on K-State's Manhattan campus

Submitted by Elliot Young

The welfare and safety of our community during this time is K-State's primary concern. Lafene Health Center was notified of a positive lab result of a COVID-19 test this morning, April 4, 2020, for a person isolating in the Jardine Apartments on the Manhattan campus. The person has remained in isolation since March 23 when that person notified K-State health staff of the symptoms. The university acted immediately when learning of this information, and under strict protocols, moved the individual to isolate in Jardine. For a few days prior to that, the person had self-quarantined in a suite-style Marlatt residence hall room with a private bathroom after returning from out of state. No other residents were in the suite during this time.

Lafene Health Center and Riley County Health Department acted quickly and have followed protocols aimed at preventing the spread of the virus and protecting the community. Lafene Health Center and other K-State staff have been communicating with the person on a consistent basis and have initiated a contacts investigation.

The Riley County Health Department has emphasized that no action needs to be taken by the campus community at this time. We understand that this is a difficult situation at several levels. We ask that you respect the privacy of the person during this difficult time.

K-State continues to follow steps necessary to protect the health and safety of our community as recommended by the CDC and KDHE guidelines. Please visit K-State's COVID-19 website for more information on how to protect yourself and the community from the disease. Kansas State University is providing this notice pursuant to the emergency notification provision of the federal Jeanne Clery Disclosure of Campus Security Police and Campus Crime Statistics Act of 1998.

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