Stanford University student tests positive for coronavirus

Posted at 10:34 AM, Mar 14, 2020

The president of Stanford University said Friday that an undergraduate student has tested positive for the coronavirus.

According to a statement from University President Marc Tessier-Lavigne, the student is currently self-isolating and university officials are "contact tracing" to provide guidance to individuals with whom the student may have come into contact recently.

The university president is also asking students to leave the campus no later than Wednesday at 5 p.m. unless they "have no other option than to be here."

Tessier-Lavigne also says the provost is asking instructors to make winter quarter final exams are now optional for undergraduate students.

In accordance with restrictions from the federal government and Santa Clara County, Tessier Lavigne says there are also new restrictions on campus dining starting Saturday.

He says all students on a meal plan will need to go to their own dining hall, pick up pre-filled to-go containers and bottled or canned drinks and "leave the dining hall and eat outdoors, in their dorm room or elsewhere."

"We had hoped our intermediate steps would be sufficient, but it is clear that we need to take a next wave of actions to help slow the spread of COVID-19 in our community," said Tessier-Lavigne.

The university is also encouraging employees, graduate students and postdoctoral scholars to work remotely.