Texas A&M Student Tests Negative For Coronavirus

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By NewsRadio 1080 KRLD

COLLEGE STATION (1080 KRLD) - The Texas A&M student who went to the hospital last week with symptoms of coronavirus has tested negative.

Texas A&M officials say they worked with the Brazos County Health District when the student's symptoms met Centers for Disease Control criteria for additional testing.

Sunday, Texas A&M said test results came back, and the student did not have the virus.

“We are grateful for training and expertise that contributed to handling this case,” Chris Meyer, Texas A&M's director of safety and security said in a statement.

Texas A&M says privacy laws prevent the school from releasing the graduate student's name, class schedule or where the student lives.

The school says it is still monitoring updates about the virus from the Texas Department of State Health Services, Brazos County Health District and CDC. Texas A&M says students and staff should continue taking preventive measures, such as washing hands frequently with soap and water, sneezing into an elbow and covering coughs.

“We are very pleased with this news and grateful to those community caregivers involved for their expertise, proactive action and compassion demonstrated in treating our student,” said Dr. Martha Dannenbaum, director of A&M’s Student Health Services. “We wish to thank the Brazos County Health District, which offered guidance and transparency throughout this case.”

Monday, Governor Greg Abbott said he was scheduled to meet with state health officials to talk about preventive measures cities and counties can take and "ensure every community has the resources" to respond to the virus.

"Texas will remain vigilant," he said.

On Friday, Baylor University said a student there was being tested for coronavirus after a trip to China. The Waco-McLennan County Public Health District said the student was recovering with "minimal symptoms," and Baylor said it had moved the student to an isolated room.

Test results on Monday came back negative for the Baylor student as well.