NEW BRUNSWICK, NJ - A biomedical engineering professor at Rutgers–New Brunswick has tested positive for coronavirus COVID-19.
The news of what is believed to be the first positive case in the Rutgers community was announced in a statement from Anthony Calcado, the Executive Vice President and Chief Operating Officer at Rutgers.
According to the statement, test results were delivered late Saturday night.
The professor was exposed at a non-Rutgers location in late February. He has been self-isolating, is currently doing well and "has the full support of the University and our Occupational Health Department," according to the statement.
The professor had close contact with a limited number of individuals at Rutgers following his own exposure and prior to his own period of self-isolation. The individuals with whom he had close contact have been identified and notified. They’ve all been asked to self-isolate in accordance with CDC guidance and that of the New Jersey Department of Health.
The Biomedical Engineering Building on the Busch campus, in Piscataway is being cleaned and disinfected in accordance with CDC guidelines, including focusing on frequently touched surfaces.
"In a community of nearly 100,000 students, faculty and staff, it is reasonable to expect that this is only the first of several incidents of COVID-19 that will involve members of our community," Calcado said. "I expect that each member of our university community will continue to support one another during this health crisis."
Information regarding the COVID-19 outbreak is available on the Rutgers COVID-19 website. You should regularly refer to the website for updates and guidance.
University president Robert Barchi ordered the campus shut down last week. Students will complete classwork remotely until at least April 3.