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On Sunday, the Knox County Health Department confirmed that an employee at the University of Tennessee has tested positive for coronavirus.
In a statement, Chancellor Donde Plowman said the employee was last on campus March 16 during spring break. UT administrators and the health department are reaching out to anyone with whom the employee may have come into close contact.
The employee is recovering at home in self-isolation. For privacy reasons, UT will not identify faculty, staff, or students diagnosed with COVID-19.
Plowman said that the university expects to “learn of more cases among members of the campus” and that some members of campus community who suspect they may have COVID-19 are self-isolating and awaiting testing and results.
Coronavirus: UT has suspended all in-person classes beginning March 23