Washington College officials confirmed Wednesday that a male student under observation for COVID-19 has tested negative for the virus.

Other students and individuals who crossed paths with the young man followed CDC protocols and self-quarantined beginning March 13, according to a statement released by the college Wednesday morning.

“While the threat of COVID-19 to our community is real, this news comes as a relief to everyone who feared possible exposure on our College campus,” said College President Kurt Landgraf. “I am so proud of this young man and his friends who did the right thing by taking responsibility for the community’s health.”

The college reiterated protocols in place to stop further spread of the respiratory virus that has so far infected 423 Marylanders and resulted in four deaths.

“Students and faculty are engaged in remote learning, public events have been cancelled or postponed, many staff are working from home, and access to campus is restricted to those students, faculty, and staff who have permission to be on campus,” the statement said.

The statement comes a day after the Kent County Health Department and the Kent County Commissioners announced its first case of COVID-19 infection.