14 people diagnosed with COVID-19 in Old Dominion University residence hall

Posted at 7:54 PM, Oct 08, 2020
and last updated 2020-10-08 23:31:41-04

NORFOLK, Va. - Old Dominion University said Thursday night that it identified a COVID-19 outbreak in one of its residence halls.

According to the school, 14 people in the Whitehurst residence hall, which houses 389 students, tested positive for COVID-19. Other residence halls are also being monitored for COVID-19 cases.

All Whitehurst residents will be tested for COVID-19, and testing will be available to Whitehurst staff. The school said it implemented same-day testing for symptomatic students and 24-hour test results for asymptomatic students, and is following contact tracing and quarantine protocols as soon as someone tests positive.

Beginning Friday, October 9, ODU will implement the following policies:

  • Closing community rooms and gathering spaces.
  • Decreasing the maximum attendance at gatherings from 50 to 25 people.
  • Immediate interim suspension for anyone in violation of the COVID-19 policy.
  • Reducing capacity for the Student Recreation Center from 20% to 15% maximum occupancy.
  • Temporarily closing the Whitehurst P.O.D. Market.

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