BUCKHANNON — One case of COVID-19 has been identified at West Virginia Wesleyan College, the school announced in a press release.
“A member of the West Virginia Wesleyan College community has tested positive for COVID-19,” John Bohman, Supervisor of Safety and Security, said in a press release. “The college is following all safety and public health protocols; the individual remains in isolation.”
Wesleyan opted to hold classes during the entire fall semester virtually, so the campus is sparsely populated. The press release does not say if the case is a student or staff.
“The safety of each and every member of the campus community is the college’s highest priority,” Bohman said. “We continue to urge all members of the Wesleyan campus community to follow all safety and public health protocols outlined by the Upshur-Buckhannon Health Department and the Centers for Disease Control.”
Separately, the health department said there are now 60 confirmed cases of COVID-19 cases in Upshur County, plus one probable case for a total of 61 cases. That’s two more than the DHHR reported in the Monday morning update.
In a press release issued Monday afternoon, the Upshur-Buckhannon Health Department said 14 cases are active locally.
In Morgantown, WVU has reported hundreds of cases of COVID-19 and more than 1,000 students are currently in quarantine. Unlike Wesleyan, the university decided to hold on-campus classes and participate in fall sports.
Monongalia County public schools, meanwhile, have been not been able to open because the county is red on the statewide alert map, in large part due to the cases at WVU.