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Three University of California, Los Angeles students were tested for the coronavirus, the college announced Friday.
According to a statement from Chancellor Gene D. Block, the three unidentified students were self-isolating off campus while the Los Angeles County Department of Public Health ran tests.
“LACDPH has committed to expediting these tests for UCLA,” the initial statement read. “As soon as we learn the results, we will inform you of any campus impacts. Understandably, some of you may be wondering about the status of classes and campus operations in general.”
Block’s statement continued, “We are actively monitoring and responding to the situation and will continue to follow the guidance of public health agencies. At this time, there have been no recommendations by LACDPH to suspend campus operations, including modifying class schedules.”
On Friday evening, The Hollywood Reporter obtained a memo sent by the UCLA Office of the Chancellor to the campus community informing them that all three test results came back negative for the novel coronavirus, known as COVID-19.
“There are no confirmed cases of COVID-19 at this time,” the statement said. “At the same time, we must be prepared for a confirmed case in the future, given the growing number of cases in our state and city. We will continue to remain prepared and ready.”
The statement also indicated that UCLA will be coordinating with federal, state and local public health officials so that the campus remains fully prepared if a case does present itself.
“While situations like these often create uncertainty and concern, please be assured that the safety and well-being of the entire UCLA community remains our top priority, and we will continue to provide you with the most reliable and up-to-date information possible on UCLA’s COVID-19 website,” Block said in his statement.
March 6, 10:12 p.m.: Updated to reflect that the test results came back negative.
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