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Student tested for COVID-19, now isolated in McCosh

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A student exhibiting flu-like symptoms was tested for COVID-19 at McCosh Health Center yesterday afternoon and was immediately placed in isolation, notes an update from the University.


This student is an undergraduate, University deputy spokesperson Mike Hotchkiss confirmed on a call with The Daily Princetonian.

“The student will remain in isolation at McCosh until the results are received in the coming days,” University spokesperson Ben Chang said to the ‘Prince.’

“The student has had no known exposure to anyone diagnosed with COVID-19 and had not recently traveled to any locations of concern,”  Hotchkiss added.

Chang said that McCosh has been “ready and prepared” for this situation to arise, and the student was placed in isolation “out of an abundance of caution.”

The Princeton Health Department has been notified of this incident, according to Hotchkiss.

The two University staff members in self-quarantine, as announced on Tuesday, are also “awaiting their results,” according to Chang. These two staff members “were possibly exposed to coronavirus (COVID-19) at an off-campus gathering,” notes the University website.


“These two staff members have been tested and continue to self-quarantine while awaiting test results. More information will be shared when available,” the website adds.

At least one of these two individuals is associated with the University’s Program in Gender and Sexuality Studies (GSS), which canceled “all events” and sent out a request to “refrain” from using their program office on Tuesday — according to an email from Program Coordinator Jaclyn Wasneski obtained by the ‘Prince.’

Yesterday, University Health Services (UHS) suspended routine appointments — remaining open for “urgent, acute care needs for students, including students seeking care for COVID-19.”

According to a statement from Hotchkiss yesterday, UHS “remains equipped and prepared to see students with coronavirus at the McCosh Health Center and is in frequent communication with the NJ Department of Health.”

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