UTSA says no more COVID-19 cases reported among students, faculty, staff

Josh Peck, News Editor

COVID-19 has continued to spread through San Antonio, as evidenced by the fact that more than 1,000 people in San Antonio had tested positive for the virus as of April 20, according to Mayor Ron Nirenberg. The pandemic has also affected the UTSA community; President Dr. Taylor Eighmy released a statement on March 28 disclosing that a UTSA student and faculty member had both tested positive for COVID-19. 

In the same statement, Eighmy said, “we will all likely all know colleagues or fellow students who are fighting the coronavirus.” However, the university says there have been no more reported cases of COVID-19 among students, faculty or staff members since that time. 

We do not have any reported cases of Covid-19 currently affecting the campus community and are appreciative that our students, faculty and staff have responded so well to the precautions of public health officials on protecting themselves against the coronavirus,” Chief Communications Officer Joe Izbrand said on April 21. 

The university declined to provide an update on the health status of the student and faculty member who had tested positive for COVID-19 in late March. 

“We have provided all the information that we have available to offer and in compliance with federal privacy laws,” Izbrand said. 

Izbrand also said the university is committed to keeping the UTSA community informed.

“When the university receives information that potentially impacts the health and safety of the campus, we proactively communicate with faculty, staff and students, primarily through email and the university’s official social media channels, to ensure they have the most up to date information,” Izbrand said. “UTSA is committed to supporting the safety of the university community while enabling the academic progress of students.”