Second Case of COVID-19 at UCLA Confirmed


WESTWOOD (CNS) - A UCLA student who tested positive for coronavirus, the second member of the campus community to be diagnosed, was being treated at a hospital this morning.

The student lives in off-campus, non-university-owned housing, according to a statement from Chancellor Gene Block issued Tuesday night.

“I know the entire UCLA community joins me in keeping our fellow Bruin in their thoughts and remaining committed to our shared well-being as we navigate this new reality together,” Block said.

The age, gender and name of the student were not disclosed.

Block said anyone identified as having had close contact with the infected student will be notified if they need to be isolated or tested.

“As I've mentioned, increased availability of testing for COVID-19 will reveal more cases in our campus and local communities in the coming days,” Block said.

“I know learning of this second case may cause concern in our community. Please know that all of our actions in recent weeks have been guided by our number one priority of protecting the health and safety of our campus and local communities.”

Block, who is in the midst of a 14-day self-quarantine after being exposed to someone who has tested positive for coronavirus, added “knowledge is strength and we remain committed to keeping our entire community informed.”

Students and staff were encouraged to practice social distancing and if they developed flu-like symptoms or were concerned about their health to contact the Ashe Center Infection Control Line at 310-206-6217.

“I know these are difficult and even scary times,” Block said. “I want you to know that you are part of a community that cares about you. The best way to get through situations like this is together -- sharing information, support and even our strength when others need it. Your commitment, selflessness and resilience represent the very best of UCLA.”

On Monday, a university staff member who works off-campus tested positive for coronavirus and was isolated at an off-campus residence, Block said.

No details about where the employee works or in what capacity were released.

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