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SIOUX CENTER—Dordt University in Sioux Center has learned that a current student has tested positive for the COVID-19 virus after returning home to Canada.

This individual was on Dordt’s campus from Saturday-Monday, March 14-March 16, having returned from PLIA (Putting Love Into Action), a spring service trip. All who traveled with the student or came in contact with her upon her arrival back to campus have been informed of the student’s diagnosis.

“The student informed us that she is feeling better; we are so grateful for this good news. We love our students, and we trust in God’s sovereignty even amidst difficult situations,” said Dordt president Erik Hoekstra. “I am humbled by the response of our campus community to lead well in these difficult times.”

Dordt officials have asked the approximately 150 students who currently remain on Dordt’s campus to practice self-isolation and strong social distancing.

“Dordt is committed to providing a safe environment for both our students and the community of Sioux Center,” said Howard Wilson, Dordt chief administrative officer.

This past weekend, Gov. Kim Reynolds and the Iowa Department of Public Health released a statement:

“Iowans who have traveled recently for business or spring break vacations, whether internationally or domestically outside of Iowa, should strongly consider self-isolating for 14 days. This will support Iowa’s ongoing efforts to mitigate the spread of COVID-19, and limit the introduction of the virus from other points of travel.”

Dordt officials ask people to continue to pray for all those affected by this disease, particularly those serving on the front lines of the fight against COVID-19.

For more information regarding Dordt’s COVID-19 response, visit