Edinboro University reports first positive COVID-19 case

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Friday, August 28th, 2020 at 2:42 PM
Edinboro University reports first positive COVID-19 case by Kimberly Firestine
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Edinboro University has reported its first case of COVID-19. 

The university's COVID cases tracker listed one student testing positive during the week of Aug. 17-23. There are currently no positive cases logged for week two (Aug. 24-30).

EU Vice President for Marketing and Communications Angela Burrows said in an email, “we plan to update it (the tracker) as soon as we receive official notification of a positive case." In other words, they will not be waiting for a specific day or time to update the count. 

The tracker page says the figures are both self-reported cases and cases reported by the Erie County Health Department, the Pennsylvania Department of Health and Edinboro University Student Health Service; those that do not self-report and those that were tested outside of Erie County are not included.  

It also states: “Because these cases include information that is self-reported, not all cases will necessarily have occurred on-campus and may not present any risk of transmission to the broader Edinboro community. Likewise, these figures include only those cases known to Edinboro University, and do not necessarily include positive cases impacting community members personally, but not reported to the University.” 

In an Aug. 21 email on case reporting, the university said, “We do not plan to announce each individual COVID case for two reasons:  1) we want to protect the privacy of the individual(s) involved and 2.) we will likely have a number of positive cases on campus this fall ... Those who have had contact with an individual who has tested positive will be informed directly through the contact tracing process.”

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