UT Arlington Says Student Has Coronavirus

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A University of Texas Arlington student has been confirmed to have the COVID-19 infection, according to a notice from university President Vistasp Karbhari.

It was not immediately clear whether the case was one of the three coronavirus cases already reported in Tarrant County.

The university said it worked with Tarrant County health officials to identify people who may have had contact with the student. Those people have been placed in self-isolation as a precaution and have been asked to update the health department daily.

Facilities staff have disinfected "specific areas of concern" and are routinely doing so across campus, Karbhari said in a written statement.

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UT Arlington has extended its spring break through March 22, with classes set to resume online on March 23. All campus tours, events and activities have been canceled through April 6, and that date may be extended.

The university also plans to implement a telecommuting plan for many faculty and staff to maximize social distancing, UTA spokesman Jeff Carlton said.

How to Avoid COVID-19 Infection:

The best way to prevent infection is to take precautions to avoid exposure to this virus, which are similar to the precautions you take to avoid the flu. CDC always recommends these everyday actions to help prevent the spread of respiratory viruses, including:

  • Wash your hands often with soap and water for at least 20 seconds. If soap and water are not available, use an alcohol-based hand sanitizer.
  • Avoid touching your eyes, nose, and mouth with unwashed hands.
  • Avoid close contact with people who are sick.
  • Stay home when you are sick.
  • Cover your cough or sneeze with a tissue, then throw the tissue in the trash.
  • Clean and disinfect frequently touched objects and surfaces.

*Information shared from the Office of Texas Gov. Greg Abbott

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