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March 10 COVID-19 update email to campus community

To: Princeton University community

Date: March 10, 2020

Re: COVID-19 update 

Two Princeton University staff members are currently under self-quarantine as a result of possible exposure to the Coronavirus (COVID-19) at an off-campus gathering.  These staff members are being tested and we expect results in the coming days.

The University is also working with local health authorities to identify and contact those who may have been in close contact with the staff members since their potential exposure to COVID-19.  The University is following best practices in order to maintain the health and safety of the community including taking enhanced cleaning and disinfecting measures.

As the University announced Monday, we have enacted new policies and practices designed to help protect the health and well-being of all members of the University community.  These policies and practices were put in place in anticipation of this eventuality.  They are based on the concept of social distancing, and the goal is to decrease the number of situations that require community members to gather in large groups and to minimize the time spent in close proximity with each other.

These policies and practices include encouraging social distancing and flexibility around classes and academic testing this week, a move to virtual lectures, seminars, and precepts beginning March 23, immediate limitations on on-campus events and additional restrictions on travel.  Full information is available on the University’s coronavirus website,

All members of the campus community should continue to follow best practices to avoid illness, including frequent hand washing and avoiding touching one’s face with unwashed hands.  If you are not feeling well, do not attend classes or work.  Stay home, get rest, and get any medical attention you need.

We encourage all members of the University community to employ the following social distancing techniques:

  • Keep at least six feet between yourself and another person in all public places including the library, dining halls, Frist, Prospect House, etc.
  • Avoid close contact, including handshakes and hugging.
  • Limit in-person meetings.


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