Two Cal State Long Beach students examined positive for the novel coronavirus, officers introduced Tuesday, March 24.
These students are in self-isolation off-campus, in accordance with Dr. Kimberly Fodran, the college’s co-director of Pupil Well being Companies.
“Whereas it was to be anticipated that The Beach household finally could be affected by this pandemic, we had been saddened to listen to this information,” Fodran wrote in an electronic mail to the campus neighborhood. “It’s a sober sign that the influence of this sickness will probably be felt extensively.”
In one of many instances, Fodran mentioned, the coed had not been on campus for two weeks; within the different, “there was no alternative for on-campus publicity in accordance with public-health officers,” Fodran wrote.
Cal State Long Beach determined to droop in-person lessons amid the pandemic earlier this month. The college additionally introduced final week that it postponed graduation and urged students who lived on campus to maneuver out for the rest of the semester.
On-line instruction for the students started Monday, March 23.
Tuesday’s announcement got here the day after Long Beach reported its first loss of life from COVID-19, the illness that’s brought on by the coronavirus. There have been 21 confirmed instances within the metropolis, however Mayor Robert Garcia has emphasised that due to restricted testing, the precise variety of instances is probably going a lot larger.
Metropolis officers didn’t instantly reply to a request for touch upon whether or not the 2 Cal State Long Beach instances had been included in Monday’s tally of 21.
“Over the course of the subsequent two-to-three weeks, we’re getting into a really vital time for town and for our hospitals and for our emergency providers,” Garcia mentioned Monday. “We’re seeing a rise of instances and a rise of people that want medical consideration, hospitalization and respirator machines.”