Northwestern University announced today Friday, March 13, 2020 that late this afternoon the university learned that an employee in the Kellogg School of Management’s Global Hub on the Evanston campus tested positive for coronavirus (COVID-19) — the first confirmed case of COVID-19 at Northwestern University.
In line with University policy and guidance from the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), the staff member is self-isolating off campus. We wish them well and a speedy recovery.
Northwestern medical teams and Kellogg senior leadership are in communication with the employee, and based on the established protocol, are reaching out to students, faculty and staff who may have had direct contact with the employee. Those individuals are being asked to self-isolate according to University and CDC protocols for COVID-19.
Students who have flu-like symptoms and are worried they might have COVID-19 were instructed to call Northwestern University Health Service at 847-491-8100 or their own personal health provider. Faculty, staff or other community members who have symptoms that could be COVID-19-related were advised to contact their health care provider or pursue care at an urgent care center. State and federal health officials have been advising people to call ahead for instructions, instead of just walking into hospital emergency departments or urgent care centers.
Because of the pandemic, Northwestern University students are not required to attend in-person exams. Faculty and students will receive more information about the options for completing their Winter Quarter exams.
In the days and weeks ahead, Northwestern’s administration will continue to send emails with updates and answers to questions to students. Northwestern’s COVID-19 website is the best source of information about the impact of the virus on our University community and provides answers to Frequently Asked Questions (FAQs).
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