OREM, Utah — A Utah Valley University student died this week after contracting the novel coronavirus, the university announced Friday.
"We are saddened to learn that Trevor Syphus Lee, 27, one of our Utah Valley University students, passed away from COVID-19. We have reached out to his family to extend our sincere condolences," a statement from the university said.
Lee was expected to graduate next spring.
UVU President Astrid Tuminez made the following statement in response to his death:
To Our Campus Community,
I am deeply saddened to inform you that one of our students, Trevor Syphus Lee, is among the victims of COVID-19. Trevor was taking the summer off and was scheduled to return this fall to continue his studies. He tested positive for coronavirus and received medical care. According to the state health department, Trevor had underlying medical conditions, and, unfortunately, he passed away from complications from COVID-19 on June 9.
As fellow Wolverines, we grieve his loss. Those who knew and loved Trevor are understandably devastated. During this difficult time, we have reached out to his family to offer our support and sympathy. Crisis and grief counseling through Student Health Services are available for students, faculty, and staff who may also be impacted by the news. Students may call 801-863-8876 to speak to a crisis therapist. Employees may receive emotional support through the Employee Assistance Program by calling 1-866-750-1327.
COVID-19 has been difficult for all of us. At UVU, we hoped this day and announcement would never come. Let us continue to be vigilant in our care for one another. As a university, we will continue to work with state and local health leaders and our partners within the Utah System of Higher Education and follow recommended measures to protect everyone’s health and safety on campus.
The loss of Trevor leaves an emptiness that cannot be filled. We offer our sincere condolences to his family, friends, and those influenced by this bright young man.
Astrid S. Tuminez