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Clark College student diagnosed with COVID-19

Culinary classes were canceled on Friday for cleaning

By Katie Gillespie, Columbian Education Reporter
Published: September 25, 2020, 2:59pm

A Clark College student was diagnosed with the novel coronavirus, leading to the cancellation of culinary classes Friday.

Clark College announced the positive case of a student in its culinary department in an email to students and staff. The student was last in class at 2:50 p.m. Thursday.

Most Clark College classes are online, but some lab classes, such as the automotive and culinary programs, are meeting in small groups in person. Culinary classes were canceled Friday and will resume Monday. The college also blocked off some areas of Gaiser Hall, where the culinary classes are held, so facilities staff can disinfect the area.

Jeff Kaliner, emergency manager, said the likelihood of exposure stemming from the case is “very low,” saying the college is using social distancing protocol, requiring students to wear masks and is frequently disinfecting surfaces.

A Clark College employee was confirmed to have COVID-19 on June 8, college spokeswoman Kelly Love said. They had no contact with students.

Columbian Education Reporter