GREENSBORO — N.C. A&T said Tuesday that someone affiliated with the university has contracted COVID-19.

In a message on its website, A&T did not identify the person who contracted the fast-spreading respiratory disease, nor did it say whether that person is a student or employee.

In a separate email, a university spokesman said the ill person is not on campus and has been instructed to stay isolated from others.

“N.C. A&T understands that this situation is concerning and wants to assure you that a great deal is being done to ensure the health and well-being of the campus community,” the university said in its online message to its community.

The confirmed case of coronavirus came two days after nearly all A&T students moved out of university residence halls and apartments. A university spokesman said Tuesday that 246 students who couldn’t get home or had no other housing options remained on campus.

A&T previously had taken several other steps in hopes of slowing the spread of coronavirus. It canceled face-to-face classes, moved instruction online and postponed May’s commencement. Also, the university ordered many employees to work from home and it canceled or limited on-campus events and gatherings.

Other UNC system schools have taken similar steps over the past two weeks.

The coronavirus case is believed to be the first connected to a college or university in Greensboro.

Over the weekend, Elon and Wake Forest universities each said coronavirus was diagnosed in one of their students after both had traveled overseas.

The Elon student had been studying abroad, and the Wake Forest student had gone on a university-sponsored trip to London. Neither student is on campus.

Contact John Newsom at (336) 373-7312 and follow @JohnNewsomNR on Twitter.

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