Although all non-essential on-campus research was suspended as of March 21, a limited number of approved, campus-based proposals related to COVID-19 will be permitted to join the few essential projects permitted to continue to operate.
Veterinary care staff will continue to maintain the health and welfare of research animals, and offices that support research and environmental health and safety will continue to function.
According to the update, University Health Services (UHS) is aware of 36 students and 17 employees who have been tested for COVID-19 as of 4 p.m. Out of the 53 tests the University is aware of, 15 have returned positive, eight have returned negative, and 30 are currently pending results.
Though the curfew is only a recommendation, all “non-essential retail, recreational, and entertainment businesses” will be forced to close after 8 p.m. each night.
On Saturday, March 14, Senior Associate Dean of the College Claire M. Fowler, wrote to the Class of 2020 regarding a change in the exemption status for senior thesis accommodations. “Only a small number of seniors who have been identified by their departments as having a critical need to access campus resources to complete their thesis requirement will be permitted to stay,” she wrote. “The key word here is ‘critical.’”
Classes will move online for the rest of the semester. Students who do not meet specific criteria will lose prox access by March 19.
In two separate instances, one in-class and one in a Blackboard announcement, two faculty members canceled classes and claimed they received an order to self-isolate. Students in those classes have independently confirmed to The Daily Princetonian that these cancellations took place.
At 9:02 a.m. Monday morning, University President Christopher L. Eisgruber ’83 updated the University about next steps regarding COVID-19 preparations.
“No one has been tested for COVID-19 at McCosh [Health Center],” a University spokesperson confirmed. “We’re not aware of any member of the University community who has met the criteria for testing.”
“So far, the impacts of [COVID-19] on Princeton have been limited, but even limited impacts can cause real disruptions and inconveniences,” Eisgruber wrote.