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TMCC employee tests positive for COVID-19 (updated)

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A TMCC employee is one of the latest Washoe County residents to test presumptively positive for COVID-19. Campus officials were notified Monday night, March 23, and notified campus faculty, staff and students Tuesday.

The employee was last on campus March 11 in the fitness building, according to a TMCC staff email. The employee is isolated at home. Although the fitness building was identified by TMCC as the location of the incident, TMCC officials later said “that does not imply the virus was contracted in the Fitness Center.”

“The Clery Warning includes the date of the incident which refers to the last time the individual was on campus and could have potentially presented an exposure risk to others,” said TMCC’s Kate Kirkpatrick. “This does not mean the individual contracted the virus at that location on that date.”

 As in other cases, TMCC is working with the health district to notify anyone who may have been exposed to COVID-19 through contact with the patient.

“TMCC will continue working collaboratively with the Washoe County Health District and all county, state, and federal health officials regarding COVID-19,” said President Karin Hilgersom. “The health and well-being of our students and employees remains our highest priority.”

TMCC closed its campus March 18 and launched remote delivery of courses March 23.

As of last count, Washoe County has 50 confirmed cases of COVID-19 with a recent increase of diagnoses due to an increase in number of people tested.

UPDATE: TMCC sent clarifying information it did not include in its original press release. This story has been updated with the new information..

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