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March 21 Update from the Director of the Student Health Center

Dear Members of the Villanova Community,

I am writing to inform you that one of our students who returned home from campus earlier this week has tested positive for the coronavirus (COVID-19). The student is resting comfortably at home with mild symptoms. Although I am unable to provide specific details due to privacy laws, I can share with you that this individual departed campus and traveled home on March 15.

Local health officials have been notified of this development. As per protocols from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) and the Pennsylvania Department of Health, close contacts of this student have been notified and advised to self-quarantine at home for 14 days and monitor for any symptoms, including fever higher than 100.4, cough and shortness of breath. Individuals who experience these symptoms have been advised to contact their primary care provider to be assessed for further evaluation as needed.

Based on the rapidly evolving situation in the United States and around the world, we expect other cases of COVID-19 will arise in the Villanova community. We ask everyone to continue to be vigilant and protect yourselves through frequent handwashing and avoiding touching your eyes, nose and mouth. At this critical time it is vitally important that we continue to practice social distancing to mitigate the spread of the virus. Please see additional guidance and recommendations from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.

If you have any additional questions, please call 888-298-1964 between the hours of 9 a.m. and 8 p.m. EDT, Monday through Sunday, or email


Dr. Mary McGonigle

Director, Student Health Center