LWTech faculty member tests positive for COVID-19

Out of an abundance of caution, LWTech closed at 5:30 p.m. March 4. It will remain closed through the weekend.

A Lake Washington Institute of Technology (LWTech) faculty member has tested positive for COVID-19.

The faculty member has been in self-quarantine since the outbreak.

As a result, LWTech closed campus at 5:30 p.m. on March 4. The campus will remain closed throughout the weekend.

“We made this decision swiftly, to continue disinfecting the college while no students, faculty and staff were on campus, and to provide us time to get a clear sense of who could have been exposed,” LWTech president Dr. Amy Morrison said in a release. “Our number one priority is the health and well-being of our students, faculty, and staff, which is why we have made the decision to immediately to close the college through the weekend.”

As of March 5, 46 members of the LWTech community who have been asked by Public Health — Seattle & King County to self-quarantine.

They are primarily from the school’s nursing and physical therapy assistant programs.

“As we learn about more cases in the broader community, we are hearing from additional students who believe they may have been exposed in the community. We have heard from a handful of them who are experiencing mild symptoms,” according to a release.