Today, President Thayne McCulloh addressed Gonzaga faculty, staff and students in an email detailing that a GU community member was tested for COVID-19 (coronavirus) on Feb. 29.

Though the results of the test are not complete, McCulloh advised people to operate with caution to prevent further sickness.

“Out of an abundance of caution, and in partnership with guidance from healthcare professionals and the Spokane Regional Health District, this individual has been asked to limit their contact with others until the test results are finalized,” McCulloh said in the email.

He said students should continue to wash their hands often for at least 20 seconds and avoid close contact with people who are sick. 

The email also touched on the importance of respecting all members of the GU community during this time. 

“As cases of COVID-19 continue to be reported, it is clear that incidence is not related to any specific ethnic group, race or nationality,” McCulloh said.

Information, as it is known, will continue to be released as the impacts of coronavirus are expected to be felt for some time.

“In the meantime, let us all work together to support and care for each other by helping friends and colleagues who are ill, and practicing preventative measures to reduce the spread of transmissible disease,” McCulloh said. “Thank you.”

Updates on how the coronavirus is impacting the GU community can be found at  

Thea Skokan is a news editor.

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