TSU reports 87 new COVID-19 cases; 158 total

Ashley Inge

On Wednesday, Sept. 2, Tarleton State University reported 87 new positive cases of the coronavirus for the week of Aug. 23-29.

To date, 158 direct and indirect university-related cases have been reported, with 71 recovered and 87 in isolation.

“To protect the privacy of the larger community, federal, state and local public health officials are providing only limited case information,” TSU said in an email update to students and employees. “Tarleton has adopted this approach as well to safeguard the physical and mental well-being of those affected by COVID-19.”

The university stated that it will attempt to communicate initially with members of the campus community who may have been in close contact with the positive cases.

Close contact is defined by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) as being within six feet of someone with COVID-19 for more than 15 minutes, beginning 48 hours before symptoms start and regardless of whether face coverings are worn.

“Members of the campus community are encouraged to self-monitor and be tested should they experience symptoms,” the email update states.

The university will continue to send out updates to students and employees on new university-related cases each Wednesday.