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John Jay College in Manhattan closes after student tests positive for coronavirus

Posted at 6:36 AM, Mar 11, 2020
and last updated 2020-03-11 23:49:02-04

MANHATTAN — Manhattan's John Jay College of Criminal Justice will be closed Wednesday after a student tested positive for novel coronavirus Tuesday, the school announced.

The school said the female student had not been to the campus since becoming symptomatic over the weekend, but that out of an abundance of caution the school will be closed Wednesday, March 11.

"CUNY continues to work closely with State and City leaders and public health officials to ensure that our guidance is as comprehensive as possible," The City University of New York said on Twitter late Tuesday night. "Again, our priority is to ensure students' health & safety and support their academic continuity and day-to-day concerns."

Meanwhile, many students want all CUNY schools to close, with nearly 39,000 signing a Change.org petition calling for CUNY to fall in line with decisions being made by some private universities in the area that are canceling in-person classes and taking things online.

There are currently 176 confirmed cases of coronavirus in the state, with 36 of those in New York City.

It is not yet clear if the John Jay student is included in this 36, or is an additional case not yet counted by the NY State Department of Health.

New York Gov. Andrew Cuomo Tuesday ordered a nearly two-week "containment area" for New Rochelle as the Westchester suburb is considered the “largest cluster in the United States,” of confirmed COVID-19 cases.

Click here for a list of schools in New Jersey and New York that have announced closures or partial closures.

no threat to the school community, but out of an abundance of caution the school will be closed Wednesday, March 11. (2/3)

— The City University of New York (@CUNY) March 11, 2020