NEW BRUNSWICK, NJ – Rutgers President Jonathan Holloway has announced that he has tested positive for COVID-19 and that his symptoms are mild – similar to those of a cold.
He said he has been in self-quarantine since he learned he was exposed to someone who was COVID-19-positive last week.
"Despite my strictly following all appropriate health hygiene advice, it appears that I contracted the virus at my home,” Holloway said in a message sent to the Rutgers community on Monday. “Even with an initial negative test result, I have been in strict self-quarantine since being made aware of exposure this past Wednesday. Everyone with whom I had contact since my own exposure has been notified and tested.”
Holloway was announced as the successor to Robert Barchi in January. By the time he assumed the mantle of university president in July, the COVID-19 pandemic had raged and retreated across the state.
At Rutgers, the doors of most of the classrooms have been closed and students have switched to virtual instruction since March 2020.
Executive Vice President For Strategic Planning and Operations, Chief Operating Officer Antonio Calcado was among those in the Rutgers community who have had to be hospitalized because of the virus.
"I will continue to self-quarantine and closely monitor any health changes,” Holloway said. “I will be paring back my schedule for the next 10 days in order to get proper rest at home and return to full health.
"There can be no doubt that defeating this virus will require the adequate and efficient distribution of vaccines like those already in use that are proven to be 95% effective.”
In the meantime, he urged students, faculty and staff members to continue to wear masks, wash their hands and maintain social distancing guidelines.