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Loyola Student Tests Positive for COVID-19, Officials Confirm

Alanna Demetrius | The PhoenixThe student hasn't been on campus in the past 14 days, officials said.

A Loyola student tested positive for COVID-19 — the illness caused by the 2019 novel coronavirus — Loyola officials confirmed with The Phoenix Saturday.

The student — who officials say hasn’t been on campus in the last 14 days — originally reported their condition to a professor online, according to an email from Wellness Center Director Joan Holden and Senior Vice President of Administrative Services Thomas Kelly. The university received the report Saturday morning, the email said.

University spokesperson Anna Rozenich wouldn’t confirm where the student contracted the disease, citing privacy concerns. 

The student is at home in isolation recuperating, the email said.

This comes more than a week after the university shifted classes online and ordered students living on campus to move out of their dorms in order to prevent further spread of the coronavirus, The Phoenix reported

Illinois Gov. J.B. Pritzker also ordered all non-essential businesses to close and Illinois residents to stay at home, effective Saturday at 5 p.m. The Illinois Department of Public Health confirmed 753 cases and six deaths related to the virus Saturday.

The Phoenix is working to get more details on the case from university officials. Check back for updates.

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