American University has learned that a student residing on campus has tested positive for COVID-19, our community’s first known case of the virus. This student traveled domestically during the early part of spring break and then returned to campus. AU took immediate action when the student presented with symptoms to the help the student and protect the community. The student was isolated in a room with private bathroom facilities and personal items and food are being delivered.
We are coordinating with the D.C. Department of Health, which has determined that there were no close contacts on the campus. Also, in accordance with public health guidance, the student’s previous room, nearby public areas, and common spaces around the self-isolation room are being thoroughly cleaned and disinfected. AU has also taken extensive actions to enhance social distancing and limit contact on campus, including moving all classes online and moving to a telework environment for our staff.
The student is receiving support and medical care and we wish them a speedy recovery. Our medical director Dr. David Reitman informed the community about the news and you can read the message here.