20 March 2020 | Andrews University announced on its Facebook page that Christian singer Sandi Patty, who performed at the school on March 8, had tested positive for COVID-19. Patty’s concert had taken place in the Howard Performing Arts Center located on campus near Pioneer Memorial Church. Patty let her fans know she had tested positive via a March 18 Facebook update.

“We have been contacted by Andrews University colleagues and community members regarding Christian musician’s Sandi Patty’s Facebook announcement last evening that she has tested positive for COVID-19,” said the March 18 Andrews statement.

“With this information, we are actively working with the appropriate Berrien County health officials to immediately understand and effectively respond to the implications of this report.”

The report promised information on what to do if one was “concerned about close contact with Sandi during this event.”

Later on March 18, Andrews, on behalf of the Berrien County Health Department sent out this message to those that had attended the concert and come into close contact with the singer:

“If you attended the Sandi Patty concert on March 8th and had close contact with Sandi Patty at any time during her visit on campus, we ask that you self-quarantine at home and monitor yourself for symptoms of COVID-19, including fever, cough, and/or shortness of breath through March 22nd. Those who are self-quarantining as a result of having close contact with Sandi Patty at the concert should contact the Berrien County Health Department hotline at 1-800-815-5485 if symptoms begin. Contact your healthcare provider if immediate medical attention is required. Some individuals who had close contact with Sandi Patty and have shown symptoms have already been tested for COVID-19 and test results are pending. If there are additional actions that are needed, further updates will be provided.”

Image: Sandi Patty singing at a church in April 2006

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