Howard University reports student and faculty member test positive for COVID-19

By: Alyssa Camacho

The end of spring break is near for some colleges and universities and for others, students and faculty are starting to return to campus.

Due to the coronavirus outbreak many state university systems have advised campus administrators to suspend face to face instruction for the remainder of the semester to prevent further spread and continue the remainder of the semester remotely.

Dr. Anthony Wutoh, Provost and Chief Academic Officer at Howard University in Washington D.C informed students and faculty on Thursday that the university had just received noticed that both a faculty member and student tested positive for COVID-19 with the student testing positive after returning to their home state.

According to the letter, both individuals are participating in self-isolation as instructed under the CDC guidelines. Wutoh also assures students that the University, along with the Department of Health, are working to notify students, faculty, and staff who may have been in contact with the individuals recently.

As previously planned, the university will continue to vacate all residence halls as quickly as possible and online instruction will begin Monday, March 23.

Just the day before the news broke, HU president Wayne A.I. Frederick interviewed with Keith Alexander of the Washington Post for a special entitled, “Howard University Responds to COVID-19”

President Frederick thanked his students, staff, faulty and alumni for their patience and flexibility to adjust swiftly on short notice.

“Every decision we make is with the safety and well-being of our entire bison community in mind,”

The current state of both the student and faculty member are unknown.

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