August 10, 2020

Webster student tests positive for COVID-19

The Conservatory student tested positive after a trip to New York over spring break.

President Julian Schuster and the COVID-19 Task Force announced a second member of the Webster community has tested positive for COVID-19. The person has been identified as a student from the Webster Groves campus.

According to the email, the student had participated in the Conservatory trip to New York City over spring break. The student was tested on March 27 after experiencing cold-like symptoms. All who attended the trip participated in a 14-day self-quarantine after returning. While the student returned to campus briefly, they said they did not come into contact with any other members of the community.

The email also announced the employee who had previously tested positive for COVID-19 is recovering. Schuster’s email urged those in the Webster community to take COVID-19 seriously and to follow stay-at-home orders and other precautions.

The email read:

“We are writing this evening to share more news regarding the groups of students, faculty and staff who visited New York City on a Conservatory trip in early March. As previously reported, an employee on that trip tested positive for COVID-19 about a week ago. We are pleased to inform you that this employee is doing fine and is recuperating. All those who attended the trip entered a 14-day period of self-quarantine on March 15, per CDC guidelines. However, earlier today we learned that a student who participated on that trip had tested positive for COVID-19. 

The student began showing cold-like symptoms on March 23, and went to get tested on March 27. The student informed the University today that their test had come back positive for COVID-19, very soon after the student was informed by health authorities of the test results. We are appreciative that the student informed our community of these test results so we can share these facts and assess our community’s progress in preventing other infections.

We also learned today that the student briefly visited campus to retrieve some personal items during that period of self-quarantine. The student says they did not interact with anyone during that visit. They said they have been in self-isolation since.

We have been in contact with the student in their St. Louis home which is off campus and we have learned that the symptoms do not seem to be life-threatening. The student is recovering and in good spirits. Our hopes are for a full-recovery soon.

This, unfortunately, has been a real-life example about why a 14-day self-isolation is necessary, as the illness can take up to two-full weeks before manifesting as an illness. We urge that you take seriously the public health directives by your local authorities, such as the stay-at-home orders issued by Illinois and the St. Louis region, and that you maintain a six-foot space between you or others if you leave your home for any reason.

We understand these are difficult times and we need to support each other in any way possible. We will continue to provide you updates on these changing situations and our thoughts are with all of you as you make the transition called for as we all cope with this pandemic.”

As always, this is a changing situation that The Journal is dedicated to reporting on. We will continue to update our community as often as possible.

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