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Caltech Student Tested for COVID-19

Graduate student in self-isolation; no one else on campus being tested

Published on Tuesday, March 10, 2020 | 5:49 am

According to the school’s website, a Caltech student was tested for the Coronavirus on Monday by the Pasadena Public Health Department (PPHD).

The graduate student, who exhibited mild symptoms, is currently self-quarantining in off-campus housing pending test results.

Public Health Director Ying Ying Goh appeared before the Pasadena City Council on Monday. She did not mention the situation in open session. It is not known if City Council members were informed in closed session.

More than 50 people have self-quarantined in Pasadena since Feb. 3 complete numbers have not been provided by Goh despite a request by Pasadena Now.

According to Caltech, currently there are no confirmed cases of the COVID-19 virus on the Caltech campus, and no other community members are undergoing testing.

“As soon as we learn the outcome of the testing, we will inform you of the results and of any campus impact,” the campus said in an update. “In collaboration with and under the guidance of PPHD, we are continuing to operate within the Los Angeles County Department of Public Health’s established guidance for campus activities.”

The release also states Caltech’s first priority is the health and safety of its students, faculty, staff, and community.

“We will take all precautions recommended by PPHD, LADPH, and the Centers for Disease Control, to prevent or contain the disease from spreading at our institution,” the announcement said.

Caltech postponed or canceled all large public events through Monday, April 6 that draw large crowds of individuals from outside of the Caltech community to the campus.

Ten events had been previously canceled.

The Caltech statement said students with flu-like symptoms are encouraged to contact their medical provider by telephone for instructions on seeking medical attention. Students should call Student Wellness Services at (626) 395-6393. Staff and faculty should contact their primary care medical provider.

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