Roger Williams University confirms first case of COVID-19

BRISTOL, R.I. (WLNE) – On Saturday, Roger Williams University confirmed its first case of COVID-19 in its school community.

The university’s emergency response team confirmed through a release statement on their website that a staff member working in the Marine and Natural Sciences Wet Lab tested positive for the virus.

On Friday evening everyone involved at the university received an email alerting them of the news.

It was later determined that three members of the RWU community had recent close contact with the individual who tested positive.

Those three individuals voluntarily self-quarantined.

The university is in close contact with the Rhode Island Department of Health and is following their instructions.

While the aquatics lab is normally thoroughly wiped down frequently, the Marine and Natural Science building will remain closed until 12 pm Sunday for extensive disinfecting.

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