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On opening day of spring semester, WKU president announces he has COVID-19

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As the spring semester begins at Western Kentucky University, President Timothy Caboni will be on the sidelines. 

In a social media post Tuesday, Caboni announced he has tested positive for COVID-19. He said he developed mild symptoms over the weekend, but is feeling good overall.

In line with campus protocols and CDC guidelines, President Caboni said he will be isolating and working from home for the next five days or until he no longer has symptoms.

In a welcome back message to spring semester students, Caboni reiterated the best defense against COVID-19 is vaccination, and urged the campus community to stay up to date on booster shots.

"I am thankful I took these steps," wrote Caboni.

 Hilltopper Family, after the development of mild symptoms this weekend, I tested positive this morning for COVID-19. However, I am feeling good overall and am ready to kick off the spring term! Following our campus protocols and CDC guidelines, I will be isolating

WKU had 74 cases of virus between January 11-13, the most recent period for which data was available. According the the university's COVID-19 dashboard, 51 cases were among students and 23 cases among faculty, staff, or on-campus contractors.

All members of the WKU community are asked to report their vaccination status. The self-reported vaccination rate is 87%.

The university continues to offer the vaccine and boosters at the Graves Gilbert Clinic on campus.

Lisa is a Scottsville native and WKU alum. She has worked in radio as a news reporter and anchor for 18 years. Prior to joining WKU Public Radio, she most recently worked at WHAS in Louisville and WLAC in Nashville. She has received numerous awards from the Associated Press, including Best Reporter in Kentucky. Many of her stories have been heard on NPR.
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