A professor and administrative leader at the Pentecostal Theological Seminary in Cleveland, Tennessee, announced he tested positive for COVID-19 this week.
Dan Tomberlin, instructor of pastoral ministry and director of student placement at the seminary, posted about his positive test results on Facebook on Wednesday morning after nearly two weeks of sickness.
In the Spring 2020 course schedule, Tomberlin is listed as teaching two classes and two internship programs at the Church of God seminary. The day before allegedly going into self-isolation, Tomberlin posted a photo on Facebook that he was attending the weekly chapel service at PTS on March 11.
Tomberlin did not respond to multiple requests for comment by phone or email on Thursday.
Michael Baker, seminary president, said he learned about the positive case from the Tennessee Department of Health after Tomberlin posted on Facebook and the faculty member has taken the proper quarantine precautions.
"We will be informing our school at large — we are primarily online — just letting them know that someone has been reported and that they've been cleared through the department of health," Baker said.
The campus was cleaned after faculty and administrative staff were told to work from home on March 13. The majority of the seminary's 516 students are online and the approximately 125 students who attend classes in-person will be completing their classes online after being off last week for spring break, Baker said.
Tomberlin first posted about his infection on March 16, writing he and his wife were sick with something resembling the flu but did not have symptoms of the coronavirus. He wrote the two had been self-isolating since March 12. In another post, on March 23, Tomberlin wrote he and his wife were experiencing symptoms common for COVID-19 — extreme fatigue, fever and aches.
Faculty and administrative staff at the seminary will continue to work from home. The campus will be cleaned again, Baker said.