Two UMN students self-quarantined for coronavirus checks

The students, who are not showing symptoms, were in close contact with an individual in Europe with COVID-19.

Illustration by Hailee Schievelbein

Illustration by Hailee Schievelbein

by J.D. Duggan

Update: the students have been released from quarantine and did not show symptoms of the virus.

Two University of Minnesota students returning from studying abroad in Europe have been advised to self-quarantine by the Minnesota Department of Health, according to a system-wide statement from the school on Wednesday.

The students had been in close contact with an individual confirmed to have COVID-19, or coronavirus, but they are not displaying symptoms. They have not been in any University-owned buildings since returning to the United States.

Spring semester educational and study abroad programs have been suspended to China, South Korea and Italy, which have all experienced coronavirus outbreaks.

The University is arranging accommodations and regular wellness checks during the students’ quarantine period. The statement said the school is working closely to address questions of all students currently studying abroad.

“The University of Minnesota is undertaking system-wide short- and long-term preparations to best protect our community,” University President Joan Gabel said in a statement. “Please know that we are working around the clock to keep our community safe.”

This is a breaking news report. More information may be added as it becomes available.