Old Dominion University faculty researcher tests positive for coronavirus

Posted at 5:52 PM, Mar 27, 2020

NORFOLK, Va. - An Old Dominion University faculty researcher has tested positive for coronavirus, ODU President John R. Broderick announced in a letter to the Monarch community Friday.

This is the first confirmed case affecting a member of the ODU community. The case was included in the Virginia Department Health's latest tally of the number of COVID-19 cases in the state, which they say is now at 604.

Broderick said the faculty member tested positive after returning from working overseas. They went into self-isolation at home, with no exposure to campus or the public when symptoms developed.

The researcher is currently receiving treatment at a local hospital, and Broderick wished them a speedy recovery.

Broderick also highlighted what he called "a sobering statistic" from Gov. Ralph Northam: That more than 15% of confirmed cases in Virginia are 20- to 29-year-olds. He said this is one of the reasons why Norfolk and ODU Police are continuing to enforce the governor's ban on gatherings of more than 10 people.

Thursday night, it was reported that the United States now leads the world in the number of confirmed cases of coronavirus. Broderick is asking people to "do your part to stop the spread and #flattenthecurve."

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