TCC employee tests positive for COVID-19; campus sanitized and reopens Monday

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HAMPTON ROADS, Va. (WAVY) — An employee at Tidewater Community College’s Chesapeake campus recently tested positive for COVID-19.

TCC announced the positive case in a news release on Wednesday afternoon and immediately following, the Chesapeake campus was closed.

The employee was notified of their positive test on June 23 by the Virginia Department of Health and they are currently self-isolating. The college notified all employees on June 24. No students have been on campus.

“We are taking this action out of an abundance of caution,” said Marian Anderfuren, college spokesperson. “TCC is following internal health and safety protocols, and the areas on campus where exposure may have taken place will be disinfected.”

On Sunday, TCC President Marcia Conston released information saying that the campus will reopen on Monday, June 29.

“Good afternoon. The Pass and Whitehurst buildings on the Chesapeake Campus have been sanitized following the news last week that a TCC employee on that campus tested positive for COVID-19. The campus will be open tomorrow.”

“If you have transitioned back to the workplace on the Chesapeake Campus, you should feel confident that the workplace is ready for you to return. Although the college is open, our campuses remain closed to the public,” said Conston.

She continued, “The pandemic has upended operations of many businesses, including higher education. We will continue to follow CDC guidelines and take every precaution to protect our staff and students.”

The health department is still investigating and contact tracing to see who had close or prolonged contact with the positive employee.

Any employee concerned they were exposed should self-isolate, monitor their symptoms and get a COVID-19 test.


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