Milligan College employee tests positive for COVID-19

Johnson City Press • Updated Mar 26, 2020 at 1:54 PM

An employee at Milligan College has tested positive for the novel coronavirus (COVID-19), the college announced in a statement Thursday. 

Meanwhile, Ballad Health confirmed three new cases of COVID-19 in the region on Thursday, including the first reported case in Unicoi County.

The Milligan employee, who was not identified, was last on campus March 20, according to the release. It is the first confirmed case of COVID-19 on Milligan’s campus, and the person was said to be self-isolating at home. 

“We are doing everything we can to support this individual and others through what is undoubtedly a difficult time,” said Milligan President Dr. Bill Greer in a statement. “In a place like Milligan, where a strong community is essential to who we are, the limitations placed on us by the coronavirus are especially difficult, but we have seen these challenges addressed with grace, compassion and unity of spirit.”

Campus will remain closed to students, faculty, staff and the public. Students haven’t had in-person classes since March 6, and classes were officially moved online for the rest of the semester on March 20.

Information about Milligan’s response to the Coronavirus (COVID-19) epidemic can be found at www.milligan.edu/health. 


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