On March 4, Dominican University students received notification that a student who had been in contact with a patient undergoing treatment for coronavirus did not test positive for the virus.

According to the statement, “The test approved by the Illinois Department of Public Health confirms the student did not contract coronavirus (COVID-19). The institution will continue to walk alongside the student and is thankful to the campus community for the collective response and outpouring of care.”

The statement went on to say that the university is “working closely with public health officials at the local, state and national levels to monitor the spread of the virus.”

According to Thomas Gibbons in an article in the Dominican Star, the student newspaper at Dominican University, a statement went out to students on Monday, March 2 from Dr. Barrington Price, vice president of student success and engagement, stating that a student living off-campus had been in contact with a coronavirus patient. The statement indicated that the student was not showing symptoms and would be quarantined at home.

The Illinois Department of Public Health has launched a statewide hotline at 1-800- 889-3931 to answer questions about coronavirus or report a suspected case.

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