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Waubonsee Community College employee tests positive for COVID-19

SUGAR GROVE – All Waubonsee Community College campuses will be officially closed as of Wednesday, March 18 after an employee tested positive for the COVID-19 coronavirus, according to college officials.

College staff said in a Wednesday, March 18 statement that the college learned of the employee of the college testing positive for the coronavirus earlier that day. The employee works in Collins Hall on the main Sugar Grove campus, officials said in the statement.

College officials said in the statement the last day the employee reported to work was March 4. This is the first reported case of the coronavirus at the college, the statement read.

“Our thoughts are with this individual throughout the recovery process,” the statement read.

Amanda Geist, spokeswoman for Waubonsee Community College, said her understanding is that the employee lives in Will County and is being hospitalized.

Geist said the college’s number one priority right now is the health and safety of students and staff. She said the college continues to monitor updates regarding the COVID-19 coronavirus as they come.

“We’re just doing everything that we can to make good decisions with the information that we have at the time,” Geist said.

College officials said in the statement the college is taking additional measures to protect the community in light of the new information. All college campuses will close for business at noon on Wednesday, the statement read.

The update comes after the college initially announced that the college would close at 10 p.m. on March 18. All college operations and meetings for the day are canceled, including the Board of Trustees meeting scheduled for 5:30 p.m, the Wednesday statement said.

College officials said all buildings will be thoroughly cleaned during the closure and there will be no access to any college buildings until further notice. 

The college will continue to provide updates at waubonsee.edu/COVID19. Any questions or immediate concerns can be directed to the Waubonsee coronavirus hotline at (630) 466-2820.

Source: The Daily Chronicle

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