After asking students to move out, Stevens announces 1st case of COVID-19

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After asking students to move out of campus housing by next week, the Stevens Institute of Technology has announced their 1st case of COVID-19: a commuter student from Bergen County.

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By John Heinis/Hudson County View

“The best information we have at this time is that the individual is a commuter student from Bergen County who last attended in-person classes on campus on Friday, March 6, 2020.  We will be notifying students and instructors in those classes and recommend that they monitor their health closely,” Vice President for Enrollment Management and Student Affairs Marybeth Murphy wrote an in email today to the Stevens community.

“We have also learned that the only location on campus that the student visited after March 6, was the Theta Xi House and we have already notified the members of Theta Xi that the individual last visited the house on March 12th and became symptomatic on Friday, March 13, 2020. At this time, the student is recovering well.”

Stevens noted that the Hoboken and Bergen County Health Departments have both been notified of the case, while members of the Theta Xi fraternity have been instructed to self-isolate through at least March 27th – the deadline the university had given students to move off campus.

She also said that instructors and students who had classes scheduled with this patient will be notified in the coming days.

The college had previously cancelled upcoming “large discretionary gatherings” in the beginning of the month before switching to online classes on March 11th as ways to combat the spread of the coronavirus.

Last night, the City of Hoboken had announced that 15 residents had been diagnosed with COVID-19 to date, including one full recovery, 11 in self-isolation, and three still being treated in the hospital.