Coronavirus: University of Alberta confirms first positive case

The University of Alberta has confirmed one of its students has tested positive for COVID-19.

On Saturday morning, Alberta Health Services informed U of A about the positive case and said the student took the correct measures after realizing he or she may be experiencing symptoms related to the novel coronavirus.

“They absolutely did the right thing,” said facilities and operations vice-president Andrew Sharman. “The first moment they started to feel unwell they self-isolated, called 811 and followed up with Alberta  Health Services, so that likely has prevented a wider spread of any potential cases.”

It is the first positive case of the virus connected to the U of A.

Sharman said the student was not living in a university residence. On Friday, U of A sent an email to students urging them to leave their residences by March 24.

“I think it re-enforces the decision we made — it was a tough decision yesterday (Friday) — but we knew cases would arise and therefore we’re trying to reduce the risk in our residences,” he said.

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