On March 17, 2020, BYU-Idaho received information from Eastern Idaho Public Health officials that a male student under age 30 was recently diagnosed with COVID-19. He became symptomatic on Sunday, March 8 and returned to Madison County on Wednesday, March 11. Since he wasn’t feeling well, he stayed at his apartment until he sought medical care and was tested for COVID-19 on Thursday, March 12. Eastern Idaho Public Health officials confirmed that he did not require hospitalization. He is isolated in his Rexburg apartment recovering from mild symptoms.
As a precaution, individuals with whom he has been in contact recently are being notified of their possible exposure and instructed to take necessary precautions. Individuals who are not contacted are not considered by public health officials to be at risk. For more details about this case and other directives from public health officials, please visit EIPH.idaho.gov.
BYU-Idaho cares deeply about the health and well-being of all, and is taking all recommended measures, in accordance with guidelines from Church, government, and public health officials. The university has made and continues to take proactive steps to minimize student and employee exposure to COVID-19. Student Health Center personnel continue to follow proper protocol.
Please continue to take proactive measures to keep yourself and others healthy. Call your healthcare provider for medical advice if you have:
– a fever with cough or fever with shortness of breath, AND
– traveled to a COVID-19 affected area within the prior 14 days or have had close contact with a lab-confirmed COVID-19 patient within the prior 14 days.