Coronavirus case confirmed at University of Central Florida

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Posted at 8:49 PM, Mar 19, 2020

ORLANDO, Fla. — The Central Florida University announced Thursday that one of their students has tested positive for COVID-19.

The university says that out of an abundance of caution the student's residence hall and classrooms will be decontaminated.

The student who has not been identified is recovering away from the university.

According to UCF, a military contractor who works at the Partnership IV Building in the Central Florida Research Park near the main campus has also tested positive for the coronavirus and several of his colleagues were submitted to tests.

The university believes students did not come in contact with the military contractor.

Partnership IV will be closed for two weeks following decontamination.

The university says that is aware of other students who have showed symptoms are being tested and observing self-quarantine.

"While we believe their risk is low, this is a wake-up call that COVID-19 is at UCF and all of us must be vigilant. This news hits close to home for UCF. But we must understand that as testing becomes more widely available across Central Florida, the number of positive cases will grow," said Dr. Michael Deichen, MD, MPH Associate Vice President of UCF Student Health Services.

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