Students were informed of this new policy at varying times by their individual departments, in some cases only a day before the deadline by which they were expected to move out of their dorms and leave campus.
The student was exhibiting flu-like symptoms and was tested and immediately placed in self-isolation on March 11 due to what the University’s latest update called “an abundance of caution.”
On Sunday, a third University staff member tested positive for COVID-19, according to an exclusive statement to The Daily Princetonian from University Deputy Spokesperson Mike Hotchkiss.
The first staff member had previously tested positive on Friday, March 13. Both of the staff members will remain in self-isolation, and the University stated it is “working to ensure they have the support and access to care that they need.”
The Department of Public Safety “may document these large gatherings,” and according to the email, students should “expect disciplinary consequences.” Failure to disburse may result in arrest for disorderly conduct.
According to students at Dillon Gym, students who are leaving before noon on Friday are being allowed to take “two boxes and a roll of tape each.” Those leaving after that time are being instructed to come back “at 9 a.m.” on Friday morning, at which point the full supply of four boxes and two rolls of tape will be available.
Classes will move online for the rest of the semester. Students who do not meet specific criteria will lose prox access by March 19.
The World Health Organization announced Wednesday morning that the COVID-19 outbreak is now officially considered a “pandemic.”
Test results are expected to be available on Sunday, March 8. The Mercer County patient is currently hospitalized at Capital Health Medical Center-Hopewell in Pennington, N.J. The other three possible cases include two people in Bergen County and one person in Union County.
Scheppele opened the conversation by discussing the recent proliferation of death threats toward journalists. In the United Kingdom, the number of annual recorded death threats against journalists has risen 14 times since 1980, Scheppele noted.