First AU student tests positive for COVID-19

AU student tested positive for coronavirus while self-isolating on campus

First AU student tests positive for COVID-19

Tunnel in the Letts/Anderson/Centennial Halls Quad 

An AU student living on campus tested positive for American University’s first known case of COVID-19, the University Medical Director David Reitman announced via email Monday afternoon.

According to the email, the student had limited contact with the campus and remained in self-isolation in a dorm with a private room and bathroom as soon as symptoms were reported to the Student Health Center upon their return before the end of spring break. The email also stated that the D.C. Department of Health determined that there were “no close contacts on the campus.”

The student is now receiving medical care and remains in self-isolation, the statement said. 

On Monday afternoon, President Sylvia Burwell in an email to the AU community said that precautions have been taken for the team supporting the student. Efforts have been made to clean key areas on campus as well, Burwell said.

Burwell also said in the email that the University is providing refunds for housing and meal costs on a prorated basis as of March 24 for students that live off-campus or don't have a meal plan.

This is a developing story and will be updated as more information becomes available.

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