Brown County’s first confirmed case of COVID-19 was announced Monday(March,31,). Martin Luther College announced that its President Mark Zarling was diagnosed with the virus. Zarling has been hospitalized in Mankato, but he is expected to be released today to recover at home. He lives in New Ulm. According to a college spokesman, Zarling had traveled Seattle area earlier this year, and it is assumed that is where he was first exposed. The college’s statement said Zarling’s symptoms appeared last week, and 24 staff members with whom he had been in close contact have been self-quarantined at home since March 24. The school nurse has been monitoring the symptoms of the 24, and so far no one has exhibited symptoms of the disease.