Yeshiva University student tests positive for coronavirus

A 20-year-old student at Yeshiva University, who is the son of the second coronavirus patient in New York State, has tested positive for the illness, according to university officials Wednesday.

The student had not been on campus since Feb. 27. Two of his "contacts" from the campus were transferred to Bellevue Hospital for testing.

"City disease detectives are on campus to identify close contacts of the student and connect those individuals to testing immediately," said Mayor Bill de Blasio via Twitter.

The private Jewish university's Wilf Campus in Washington Heights would be closed through Friday out of an abundance of caution. 

  • Dormitories and food services would remain open for students who stay on campus.
  • Office of Student Life and Residence Life would be available to help if students had concerns or need additional support.
  • Students who have been quarantined or in self-quarantine would be monitored by our health center along with guidance from city agencies, and we will provide them with food.
  • Midterms would be postponed for the day.
  • Counseling Center would be available for students who would like additional support.


The school's three other campuses were unaffected. The university has an enrollment of about 6,000 students, including about 2,700 undergraduate students.

"Our thoughts and prayers are with him and his family as well as to all those affected," the school said in a statement.

The student's mother, sister, and neighbor also tested positive for the COVID-19, NY Gov. Andrew Cuomo announced Wednesday.

A day earlier, the governor said an unidentified 50-year-old attorney who worked in Manhattan was the first 'community spread' case in the state. He is being treated at NY Presbyterian- Columbia University Medical Center where his condition was upgraded to stable. 

The first case in the state was a healthcare worker who traveled to Iran and lives in Manhattan with her husband. She is self-quarantining in her home. Her husband tested negative for the virus.

With the Associated Press


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