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West Virginia Wesleyan College Confirms Five Positive COVID-19 Cases

Feb 4, 2021

-Expanded Testing of 731 Students Rendered Four Positive Results-

BUCKHANNON, WV – The following statement was made today by John Bohman, Supervisor of Safety and Security at West Virginia Wesleyan College (WVWC). 

“Five members of the West Virginia Wesleyan College community have tested positive for COVID-19.  The College is following all safety and public health protocols; the individuals remain in isolation.

“Four of these cases were a direct result of expanded student testing that was recently conducted on campus. There were four positive cases out of 731 total tests administered. The fifth case was reported after an individual experienced COVID-19 symptoms.

“The safety of each and every member of the campus community is the College’s highest priority.  We continue to urge all members of the Wesleyan campus community to follow all safety and public health protocols outlined by the Upshur-Buckhannon Health Department and the U.S. Centers for Disease Control.”


West Virginia Wesleyan College (WVWC) is a private, four-year residential liberal arts college in Buckhannon, West Virginia. A tradition of excellence for more than 130 years, West Virginia Wesleyan is home to 14 Fulbright Scholars. The Princeton Review ranked Wesleyan one of its 2021 Best Colleges in the Southeastern Region of the United States. U.S. News & World Report’s 2021 Best College Rankings designated Wesleyan a “Top 20” Best Value – Regional Universities (South) and one of the “Top 75” Regional Universities (South). WVWC offers students more than 40 majors and 40 minors; graduate programs in athletic training, business administration, creative writing, and nursing; 22 NCAA Division II athletic programs; multiple performing arts groups; and more than 70 organizations. Founded in 1890, the College is closely affiliated with the United Methodist Church and abides by the Wesley doctrine that emphasizes service to others. For more information, visit