TCU offers little information about second COVID-19 case


Campus Life, found in the second floor of Sadler Hall, aims to provide students resources that increase their quality of life on campus. (Kelsey Ritchie/TCU)

By Renee Umsted and Renee Umsted

Update: April 7, 2020

Citing privacy restrictions, TCU said it could provide few details about the student who tested positive.

“It’s incumbent upon us to protect the privacy of all of our students,” Holly Ellman, associate director of strategic communications management, wrote in an email. She said the “few students” living in the apartments had been notified and all common areas sanitized and cleaned per guidelines from Tarrant County Public Health. 

She said that while a mass email was sent out about the first COVID-19 case connected to campus, any others would be treated like this one and posted on the microsite ( under the tab, “Staying Informed.”

Information will also be shared with social and residential groups who have interacted with the COVID-19 positive individual(s) over the prior two to three weeks, to the extent possible. 

“TCU’s Emergency Management has distributed masks to employees who are asked to work in public spaces, or who may have individual interactions with campus residents that put them at greater risk for exposure, per CDC guidance,” Ellman wrote. “Anyone who is in public areas is encouraged to wear a cloth face covering to prevent the spread of virus.”

Student living on campus tests positive for COVID-19

A TCU student living in an apartment on campus has tested positive for the coronavirus, according to a statement posted on TCU’s website.

The student has been in self-quarantine since the test was submitted on March 19. The student has been symptom-free for a week, as of Thursday.

TCU learned about the results of the test Wednesday, the same day the university sent a campus-wide email saying a Turner Construction employee who was working on the Amon G. Carter stadium tested positive for the virus.

The employee was last on-site on March 24 and had limited exposure to campus, so the individual’s general risk to the TCU community was deemed “low.”

The student’s apartment and common areas will be sanitized, and social and residential groups who have interacted with the student in the past two to three weeks will be notified, according to the statement.

A little less than 300 students are living on campus, Craig Allen, the director of Housing & Residence Life, said in an email.

To date, there have been 138 positive cases of COVID-19 in Fort Worth, according to the Tarrant County website. Eight people have recovered, and three people have died due to the disease.

TCU will post additional confirmed positive test results that are reported to the university and have a direct impact on campus on the Stay Informed & Connected page.

Editor’s Note: This story will be updated as more information is made available to TCU 360.