Pupil at Gettysburg School checks optimistic for COVID-19 after leaving campus: report

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The Gettysburg Times reported Tuesday that a student who left the Gettysburg College campus on March 4 has since tested positive for COVID-19.

Bill Lafferty, assistant vice president for college life at Gettysburg, sent an email to students, staff and faculty members with the news Tuesday, according to the report.

Lafferty also serves as executive director of public safety.

“The student has notified those with whom they had regular contact; those individuals are taking the precautionary measures of practicing distancing and self-monitoring,” Lafferty wrote in the email.

Citing the Centers for Disease Control’s Risk Assessment and Public Health Management report, Lafferty also stated the potential risk level for those in general contact with the student remained “low.”

Gettysburg College shut down March 19 following Pa. Gov. Tom Wolf’s order to close all non-life sustaining businesses until further notice.

The college website stated that all classes were being are being taught remotely as of Monday, and that its Campus Emergency Response Team (CERT) is meeting regularly to “discuss COVID-19 and to take proactive steps to minimize exposure and risk for our campus and for our students and employees traveling abroad.”

The Pennsylvania Department of Health reported there were 851 positive cases of coronavirus in the state as of noon Tuesday. Six cases from Adams County have been confirmed.

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