Dorrill lived off campus and all of his classes were online. The university did not say how he got infected with the virus.
“When he felt uncomfortable earlier this month, his mother encouraged him to come home, quarantine and be tested for COVID-19,” App State Chancellor Sheri Everts said in an announcement to the university community.
“After testing positive for COVID-19 in his home country, he followed isolation procedures and was cleared to return to Boone by his doctor.”
When he returned to school, Dorrill got into more trouble, Everts said. His family then picked him up and he was hospitalized.
“While the risk of serious illness is generally lower, college-age adults can get seriously ill with COVID-19. As we near midway through the last day of class for the fall semester, we see an increase in COVID-19 cases among college students.” warned Everts.
CNN has asked Dorrill’s family for comment but did not receive an immediate response.
Liam Dunman, a student at App State, said the death “definitely resonated” with him.