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Towson University asks 9 students, one staff member to self-quarantine after potential coronavirus exposure

Gov. Hogan, Senate President Ferguson, and House Speaker Jones signed into law the ability to transfer money from rainy day fund for response to coronavirus.

Towson University is asking nine students and one staff member who attended a conference in Washington, D.C., to self-quarantine at home because of coronavirus concerns.

The university also asked these people to stay away from campus for two weeks from their last date of attendance to the American Israel Public Affairs Committee conference, held March 1-3. There have been at least two reports of COVID-19 cases from that conference.

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AIPAC is a lobbying group that advocates pro-Israel policies.

In an email from campus spokesman Sean Welsh, the university said it was made aware over the weekend of the students and staff member who attended the conference.

According to a Monday morning email from the chair of the university’s mass communication department that was obtained by Baltimore Sun Media, at least one student who attended the conference is in self-quarantine “out of an abundance of caution” but is not currently displaying symptoms.

The student attended some classes last week and the classrooms where that student was “are being wiped clean with disinfectants today,” said the email, which was addressed to department faculty.

Faculty of these classes were given the choice to convert their classes to an online format, the email said.

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