Ohio University President Duane Nellis announced Wednesday that an OU student tested positive for COVID-19 on Tuesday.

The student was on a university-sponsored study away program, Nellis said in the email. They developed symptoms while they were abroad.

The student returned to their off-campus residence in Athens where they could self-isolate while waiting for the test results. They are now in their permanent residence to continue self-isolation.

OU will not be releasing the name of this student so they can focus on their health and recovery.

To protect the privacy of the student, the university cannot release what country they were traveling in, Carly Leatherwood, university spokesperson, said.

OU has been working with public health officials to investigate interactions the student had with faculty, staff members and other students.

Anyone who could have been in contact with the student has been contacted and has been asked to self-quarantine for 14 days, Nellis said in a university-wide email.

OU canceled all university travel programs earlier in March, according to a previous Post report.

There are 704 confirmed cases of COVID-19 in Ohio, and there have been 10 deaths as a result of the virus. There have been no confirmed cases in Athens County as of Wednesday afternoon, according to the Ohio Department of Health.

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