ELAC student tests positive for COVID-19

By Miguel Dominguez

An East Los Angeles College student has tested positive for COVID-19 on March 21. ELAC interim president Raul Rodriguez confirmed it on Sunday, the name of the student has not been released.

The student is in quarantine and information from ELAC officials suggests the student is recovering and doing well, Rodriguez said. 

Rodriguez said the student may have contracted the virus when the student visited University of California, Los Angeles on the week of March 8.

 The last time the student was on the ELAC campus was on March 12 between 7:30 am and 11 a.m. in the G5 building while using the computers. The student might have also visited the student store, Rodriguez said

ELAC officials are in the process of notifying students and staff who might have been in direct contact with the student while on campus. The RT room in the G5 building and the student store will be closed until further notice for sanitation.

“We wanted to share this information with you as quickly as possible for your protection and to help  reduce rumors or false information,” Rodriguez said.  

It’s been three months since the first cases of COVID-19 were reported in Wuhan, China.

Since then the total cases around the world has risen  to 335,000 and at least 14,700 people have died from the virus, information from John Hopkins University suggests

The number of people in California who have tested positive is up to 1,802 and 35 people have died as of March 23.

There have been 409 confirmed cases and five deaths from COVID-19 in Los Angeles county as of March 22 according to the County of Los Angeles Public Health.

Rodriguez urges everyone to follow the “Safer at home” orders from Governor of California Gavin Newsom. 

People can visit the district website for updated news of the Corona virus at laccd.edu/cornavirus 

If students or faculty feel sick and have been exposed to COVID-19, they must contact their primary healthcare provider. If tested positive, they must call the ELAC president’s office at (323) 265-8662 said Rodriguez.

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