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Emory University Update Regarding COVID-19 Testing of Students

Dear members of the Emory community,

In any public health crisis, it is imperative that information be shared immediately with community members while protecting patient privacy. To follow up on that commitment, I am notifying you that the two Emory University students in undergraduate housing who were reported as being tested for possible COVID-19 on March 14 have both tested negative. The two students will remain in off-campus housing provided by the university until other arrangements can be made. A third student who lives off-campus also tested negative.

Also confirmed today, two undergraduate students residing at Emory Point have tested positive for COVID-19. Both students are in satisfactory condition and are self-isolating in their off-campus apartment. The two students, who were away for spring break, have not been on campus for more than a week and did not report feeling ill until they returned home from break. The students are being supported and closely monitored by Emory's student health services staff.  

More information is being gathered about their recent activity and will be shared with those who have been in direct contact with these students.  Whenever pertinent information becomes available, we will share it with the Emory community. 

As the number of confirmed COVID-19 cases increases in Georgia and across the country, students should self-assess for fever or cough. Students who develop symptoms need to separate themselves from others and call Student Health Services at 404-727-7551 (Clifton Rd. campus), or Oxford College Student Services at 770-784-8376. Off campus students should contact their primary care physician if they feel sick or call 911 if their symptoms warrant emergency care.

As the trajectory of cases is likely to increase, Emory will continue to report on COVID-19 testing among students, faculty and staff and will report outcomes to the community and the public via the Emory COVID-19 website. Additional resources and key updates can also be found on the webpage.

I am keenly aware of the anxiety, uncertainty, and concern that so many of us are experiencing during this global public health crisis. Profound disruptions to our daily lives are multiplying. In the midst of these major stressors, I encourage you to keep in mind that Emory’s commitment to the health and safety of our community is paramount. A team of representatives from emergency preparedness, health care, campus life and other units are working to protect students, faculty, staff and visitors. We also continue to partner closely with local, state, and federal agencies.

I want to thank the many members of our community who are rising to the occasion and caring for those in our community and beyond. I especially want to thank our courageous Emory healthcare workers who are on the front lines of this fight. While this is not how we hoped the spring semester would unfold, together we will see our way through this crisis. And together, we will emerge stronger as a community.


With gratitude,

Claire E. Sterk