Two UD Students Tested for Possible Cases of Coronavirus

People wear face masks as they wait at Hankou Railway Station earlier this week in Wuhan, China. Xiaolu Chu/Getty Images

Two University of Delaware students have been tested for possible cases of 2019 novel coronavirus.

The Delaware Division of Public Health notified school officials today that the students, who both lived off-campus, are being held in isolation at a local hospital while the students are being observed. The students will remain in isolation until results are provided by the CDC.

Most students only returned to school yesterday to start the spring term. 

Parents at the University received notice today from the medical director at the school alerting them to the situation. School officials say the “risk to the UD community remains low.”


Dear UD Community,

The University of Delaware has been notified by the Delaware Division of Public Health that two students are being screened by health officials for possible cases of 2019 novel coronavirus (2019-nCoV). The risk to the UD community remains low. Out of an abundance of caution, the University is sharing this preliminary information.

The students, who do not reside on campus, are currently in isolation at an area hospital, safe and receiving care. The Division of Public Health is coordinating testing with the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. Results are expected in the coming days.

At this time there are no confirmed cases of this novel coronavirus in Delaware.

It is understandable to feel uncertain or anxious during a public health event, and we need to remember to care for one another and not make assumptions about others’ perceived symptoms or any characteristics of identity. This is a time for the community to support one another. Your compassion and empathy for each other makes a difference.

Information about the 2019-nCoV situation is available online on the University’s special coronavirus webpage.

Dr. Tim Dowling

Medical Director, Student Health Services

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