Roane State reports at least two COVID-19 cases on campus

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HARRIMAN, Tenn. (WATE) — The coronavirus has made its way onto the Roane State Community College campus at the start of the new academic year.

Roane State press release states officials had received at least two reports of positive COVID-19 test results with several other tests pending. They received the reports between Monday and Tuesday.

The reported cases are all among students on the Roane County campus, the news release stated. The college said it is assuming the pending tests are positive out of an abundance of caution.

Roane State officials also saying classrooms were visited by these students as recently as Monday, Aug. 24, and will be thoroughly cleaned prior to reopening. No building closures will be required. The affected students are following CDC guidelines for quarantine and/or isolation.

“Roane State has taken appropriate action to ensure the campus community is aware of this information. These actions include notifying all students, faculty and staff by email and directly contacting those who may have been in close contact with the individuals who tested positive or are awaiting test results.

“The college has put a number of safety precautions in place due to the pandemic, including face coverings, wellness screenings, physical distancing and assigned seating in classes, in order to reduce the risk of spreading COVID-19. Additional precautions will be taken as needed as we continue to monitor updated guidance from the Tennessee Department of Health, our local health departments and the Tennessee Board of Regents.”

Roane State Community College

Additional information about Roane State’s response to the pandemic is available online at Members of the campus community are encouraged to frequently check their RSCC email and the college website for important updates. Questions can also be sent via email to

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