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UCF student tests positive for coronavirus

Posted: 8:51 PM, Mar 19, 2020
Updated: 2020-03-19 23:19:27-04
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ORLANDO, Fla. -- A student from the University of Central Florida has tested positive for coronavirus.

According to an annoucement from UCF, the male student is recovering away from the campus.

"This news hits close to home for UCF," said Associate Vice President of UCF Student Health Services Dr. Michael Deichen in a press release. "But we must understand that as testing becomes more widely available across Central Florida, the number of positive cases will grow."

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The announcement comes just days after all universities in the state of Florida were ordered to transition from in-person classes to online classes. UCF announced last week it was going to make the switch to teaching classes online.

"The realities of this pandemic are why we have moved to remote instruction for all students and remote work for most employees. COVID-19 is something we must all take seriously," Dr. Deichen said in a press release.

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UCF also said a military contractor who works on campus also tested positive for coronavirus. UCF said all employees have been working remotely and were out of campus prior to Thursday's announcement.

Below is the announcement sent by Dr. Diechen: