UPDATE: Virginia Tech officials say Montgomery County COVID-19 case is student


UPDATE 12:45 p.m.: According to Mark Owczarski, Assistant Vice President for University Relations at Virginia Tech, the Montgomery County resident diagnosed with COVID-19 is a current Virginia Tech student.

The university says that officials believe the student — who lives off-campus in Blacksburg — may have contracted the virus during his recent international travels. The student is in isolation and receiving care per VDH guidelines, Virginia Tech says.

CHRISTIANSBURG, Va. (WFXR) — Health officials from the New River Health District announced another confirmed COVID-19 case from a resident of the district on Friday morning.

According to the Virginia Department of Health (VDH), the patient is a Montgomery County man in his 20s. He is self-isolating and health officials say there is no known exposure to the public and no evidence of a risk of community spread.

“In both cases confirmed in the district thus far, the patients took the right steps to limit the risk of exposure to others around them,” says Dr. Noelle Bissell, director, New River Health District. “They acted entirely appropriately.”

This announcement comes less than 30 minutes after Virginia Tech announced that a student living in Blacksburg tested positive for the coronavirus. However, in order to protect patient privacy, health officials will not confirm if the student is the patient.

“As additional testing is done locally and across the Commonwealth, we expect to continue to have confirmed cases. The Virginia Department of Health and the Montgomery County Regional Public Health Task Force continue to implement effective measures to keep New River Valley residents safe and well,” says Dr. Bissell. “Now, more than ever, it’s important for everyone to practice personal public health precautions, primarily for hand and surface hygiene and social distancing. These are the most effective ways to minimize the spread of illness and keep yourself and those around you well.”

The other confirmed case in the New River Health District is a Radford University student.

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