A Wesleyan student is in isolation and is being monitored for the Coronavirus after exhibiting some symptoms following a trip to Asia.
Wesleyan school officials said they are working with the state Department of Public Health and the Centers for Disease Control to determine if the student has contracted the Coronavirus or not. No diagnosis has been made.
According to school officials, the student was traveling internationally in Asia and has symptoms including a fever and cough. The student had been back approximately 48 to 72 hours, according to Medical Director Dr. Tom McLarney.
The student is currently in isolation and the school is providing healthcare and other services, officials said.
“We took the road of precaution, contacted not only the players at the university but also the state health department for their guidance,” McLarney said.
“The precaution is being taken because the student was recently in an airport with someone who had the virus. Even in the worst case scenario, there is no risk here that the person contracted it from another, unreported case in Middletown,” Middletown Mayor Ben Florsheim said.
The school said they have been in contact with everyone the student had close contact with since returning to campus to monitor them. None of those people have shown symptoms of concern.
“Our two goals are first and foremost, take care of the student but also protect our students, our faculty and protect our community,” McLarney said.
McLarney said results from the CDC may come back as early as next week.
“We are taking this very seriously, but there is no cause for panic. Our public health professionals are here to do what they do best,” Florsheim said.