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Test on Caltech Graduate Student for Coronavirus Negative

Published on Wednesday, March 11, 2020 | 3:53 pm

City official said late Wednesday that a graduate student at Caltech does not have the Coronavirus. The student was tested on Monday, according to the college’s website.

“The laboratory results for the Caltech student confirmed the student is not ill with COVID-19,” the statement said.

The virus has killed 4,373 people. At least 121,564 are infected with the virus worldwide. Pasadena officials say there one confirmed case in Pasadena.

More than 50 people in Pasadena have been asked to self-monitor. City officials have not provided complete numbers.

On Wednesday, the World Health Organization officially proclaimed the Coronavirus a pandemic.

In an update on the Caltech website, Caltech President Thomas F. Rosenbaum, President, and Provost David A. Tirrell said
the instructional term would end Wednesday at the close of business.

“With this decision, undergraduate students will be asked to complete their final exams and assignments for the quarter remotely. Faculty will communicate by email to students regarding exams and any outstanding assignments, which will need to be submitted electronically,” the statement reads.

“At this time, on-campus instruction is scheduled to resume with the start of the spring quarter on March 30. Given the rapidly evolving situation, however, the task group and campus leaders are actively planning for all instruction to shift online. If such measures are to be implemented, we will notify the community with as much advance notice as possible.

Undergraduate students are strongly encouraged to consider taking this opportunity to return home for the duration of spring break.”

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