Tarleton State University President Dr. James Hurley released a statement on Wednesday, April 1 announcing that one of the seven (now nine) confirmed cases of COVID-19 was a Tarleton student.


Hurley reported that the student lives off campus and had been in isolation since March 18.


Due to HIPAA laws, the university is forbidden to release additional information regarding the student, but Hurley stated that this is the first confirmed case at Tarleton.


"I assure you that the safety of our Tarleton family remains our top priority," Hurley said in the statement. "We vigorously monitor the coronavirus situation and are taking all appropriate measures to safeguard our students, faculty and staff. This includes following CDC guidance and that of the state and county health departments."


University family members who test positive for COVID-19 are included in updates by local public health officials, the statement said.


Hurley assured the public that all buildings and high-volume touchpoints on campus are regularly cleaned and disinfected and urged individuals to contact their medical provider if they are experiencing flu-like symptoms.


"Throughout these unprecedented times, I deeply appreciate the respect and care you show each other as a university community," Hurley said in the release. "Continue to take care of yourselves and your families. As always, I am here to support you. Together, we will get through this."