Roanoke College student tested for coronavirus comes back negative


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SALEM, Va. (WFXR) — Even after a potential coronavirus patient at the school came back negative on Friday afternoon, Roanoke College outlined its response to the coronavirus situation, which includes asking students to leave the residence halls by Sunday and suspending athletic activities.

According to a statement from Roanoke College on Friday, March 13, the student who tested for coronavirus came back negative. However, that student remains in isolation, along with four other students due to potential low-risk exposure to the virus, school officials say.

Unless they have obtained permission from the Residence Life Office, all students must be out of the residence halls by 6 p.m. on Sunday, March 15. Students are encouraged to remove all perishable or personal items, but if that is not possible, they should take all essential items such as computers, chargers, class materials, insurance cards, medical IDs, medicine, passports, MaroonCards, etc. The college asks students to lock their windows and doors before leaving.

In order to assist with the moving process, Roanoke College has taxi vouchers available at the Colket Center information desk until 5 p.m. on Friday, after which they can be collected at Campus Safety through the weekend.

Furthermore, students can sign up for a free shuttle service from the Bast parking lot to the downtown Roanoke Amtrak station and the Roanoke airport starting at 5 p.m. on Friday and running at select times throughout the weekend.

Roanoke College also created a ride-sharing form for students to coordinate carpooling opportunities. However, the school will not be monitoring the form and expects students to contact each other about carpools.

Meanwhile, Roanoke College Department of Athletics announced on Friday the indefinite suspension of all NCAA Division III athletic activities, which will be re-evaluated when the school resumes face-to-face classes. Student athletes are also required to leave the residence halls by 6 p.m. on Sunday unless they request permission to stay.

“While it’s never an easy decision to disappoint our student-athletes, it’s important that we all learn to keep things in perspective,” says Director of Athletics, Scott Allison. “At this time, it’s imperative that we do our part to continue to protect the health of our community and the world at large.” 

Roanoke College says more information about the transition to online classes will be released next week.


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