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University of Dayton Freshman Dies of COVID-19 Complications

An 18-year-old student at the University of Dayton died Thursday of COVID-19 related complications, reports NBC News.

Michael Lang, a freshman at the Ohio university, died in LaGrange, Illinois after a long hospitalization, the university said. It is not clear if Lang contracted the virus on or off campus. Lang was living on campus before returning home on Sept. 13 for remote study.

“We extend our deepest sympathy and prayers to his family, friends, professors and our campus community,” school officials said in a message. “Campus ministers, housing and residence life, and counseling staff are always available for you and for those you know who may be deeply affected by this loss.”

Students returned to campus on Aug. 8 and since then the university has seen spikes and declines in COVID-19 cases, which has made the university move between in-person and remote learning. As of Oct. 25, there are 34 active student cases and 1,383 recovered student cases of COVID-19.

Lang is the third college student reported to have died from COVID-19 or related complications this fall, reports Inside Higher Ed. Chad Dorrill, a 19-year-old sophomore at Appalachian State University died Sept. 28. Jamain Stephens, a 20-year-old senior at the California University of Pennsylvania, died Sept. 8.  

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