Alderson Broaddus University confirms recent COVID-19 ‘spike’

Alderson Broaddus University

UPDATE (3/2/21 4:34 p.m.):

PHILIPPI, W.Va. – Alderson Broaddus University has provided new details about a recent spike in coronavirus cases on campus.

According to a message sent out by Special Assistant to the President Bruce Blankenship to the campus, AB “experienced a significant and unprecedented spike in numbers of students who tested positive for COVID-19.”

Prior to Feb. 15, AB said it reported only 17 positive cases since classes began in January. From Feb. 15 through March 2, the university said 93 students and one employee have tested positive.

“Most of the positive cases were identified through our rigorous athletic testing protocols,” Blankenship wrote.

According to the letter, 64 students are currently being isolated after testing positive. Of those students, 15 are isolating at home, while the remainder are in isolation on campus.

As for vaccines, Blankenship said by the end of this week, 163 employees—roughly 75%— and 65 health science students will have received both doses. Vaccines have been given to faculty, staff and students studying in the health sciences who are in clinical contact with patients.

ORIGINAL STORY (3/2/21 2:40 p.m.):

An Alderson Broaddus University Official has confirmed a recent rise in COVID-19 cases at the school.

Special Assistant to the President Bruce Blankenship did not offer any specifics on the number of cases ABU has experienced or how many students, faculty or staff members may have been affected.

Blankenship released the following statement about the situation on AB’s campus.

“Alderson Broaddus continues to work closely with our local health officials to monitor the University’s COVID-19 situation. The University urges each member of the campus community to limit personal travel, especially where high levels of contact with others are likely, and to strictly follow all health and safety protocols including social distancing and the use of face coverings. The successful completion of the academic semester depends on each of us doing our part to prevent another spike as was experienced this past week.”

Bruce Blankenship Special Assistant to the President

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