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UMD student tests positive for COVID-19

A University of Maryland student studying abroad in Barcelona, Spain, has tested positive for novel coronavirus, according to school officials. 

Sacared Bodison, the interim director for the University Health Center, announced in a campus-wide email that the student did not return to campus upon arriving back to the US. The student returned to their family home and is in isolation outside of the state of Maryland, the letter read.

All the students participating in the Barcelona study abroad program have been notified of the positive diagnosis and have been provided with guidance from the CDC. 

The guidance advises that “individuals who have possible exposure to a person with the COVID-19 illness should remain home for 14 days with self-observation and stay alert of possible symptoms.”

The university is also actively monitoring two other cases with symptoms reminiscent of a positive COVID-19 diagnosis.

Bodison reminded the campus community the importance of playing an active role during the coronavirus pandemic. 

“Wash your hands frequently, practice social distancing, and stay vigilant about your health,” Bodison wrote. 

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