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A "community member" of the University of Tennessee Chattanooga has been confirmed as one of the county's three cases of COVID-19.

According to a statement from the university late Wednesday, a member of the campus who was on campus for part of last week has tested positive for the virus.

"The university is working closely with the Chattanooga-Hamilton County Health Department, which has familiarity with the case, to follow guidelines to ensure the safety and health of the campus community," Vice Chancellor George Heddleston wrote in an email.

According to Heddleston, the community member left campus last Wednesday, when students were on spring break, and is in quarantine.

"The UTC community should continue to be vigilant with handwashing and social distancing, and anyone with infection concerns should call his or her healthcare provider to discuss symptoms and requirements for monitoring."

The Times Free Press attempted to reach Heddleston via phone and email late Wednesday after the release was sent, but he did not immediately respond. The newspaper received information from multiple university employees that a staff member who is not directly involved in the classroom had been quarantined and tested in the same time frame. 

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