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County Virus Count At 391 – Transylvania County, NC


Last updated 10/20/2020 at 8:42am

Transylvania Public Health reported five additional cases of COVID-19 over the weekend, for a total of 391 cases and nine deaths among county residents since the pandemic started.

As of today, 21 county residents were in isolation for COVID-19 (within 10 days of symptom onset or 10 days of a positive test).

A cluster of COVID-19 cases, as previously reported, had also been identified among students on a Brevard College athletic team. As of today, nine students have been associated with this cluster.

The college was contacted and asked several questions about the student outbreak. All responses are attributable to Debbie D'Anna, the college's dean for students.

How was it discovered that the athletes who tested positive had COVID? Were teams subjected to testing prior to workouts/practices or was this a case where the athletes self-reported possible symptoms and were subjected to testing based on that criteria?

D'Anna: "We discovered the positive tests after three students had symptoms, were placed in quarantine and tested.

"When the results came back they were positive. The first positive was reported on Oct. 1st. The others were reported on 8th and 9th."

Is the affected team quarantining on campus? How long is that quarantine expected to last?

D'Anna: "The team is quarantining on campus. The college decided to place students in a housing unit according to a team or group affiliation. This housing cohort allowed us to quarantine the students in one residence hall and do so quickly. At this time all activities, including sports teams are practicing."

D'Anna said the college is returning to in-person classes this week.

How does the outbreak speak to the student body/faculty/administration for being vigilant and doing their part to keep the campus community safe?

D'Anna: "Brevard College has had a total of 11 cases with eight of those in the last 15 days. Our students have been diligent in following our protocols. The majority of our students want to be on campus and participate in in-person classes. They understand it is up to them to make this happen. We are all in this together and will do whatever we can to provide a safe environment to live and learn. Our campus community is willing to do whatever it takes to keep each other safe."

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