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Framingham State employee tests positive for COVID-19

Evan Lee

News Editor

An employee of Framingham State reported testing positive for COVID-19 April 3.

Students and faculty of the University were notified of the report through a campus-wide email sent by President F. Javier Cevallos that same day.

“This employee has not been on campus for more than a week,” Cevallos said in the email.

The University has consulted the Framingham Department of Health and plans to comply with all recommendations it provides regarding the individual, anyone who was in contact with the individual, as well as the physical work area(s) of the individual, Cevallos added.

Most students and faculty have not been on campus since spring break began March 13.

The University announced its decision to cancel all on-campus courses in favor of remote instruction March 16.

Students were asked to move all belongings out of their residence halls and commuter lockers before March 29. The residence hall move-out was conducted in phases to limit how many students moved out at a single time.

As per the University’s Public Health Emergency Plan, all students, faculty, and staff will be notified about any incidents relating to coronavirus on campus.

Students who feel the need to speak with someone after this incident may contact the Counseling Office, Cevallos said in the email. Concerned employees may contact the Employee Assistance Program.

Employees are encouraged to continue to self-monitor for symptoms of COVID-19, Cevallos’ email stated. These include fever, cough, and shortness of breath, according to the CDC.

The University requests that employees who do experience these symptoms, or have been in close contact with someone who has been diagnosed with COVID-19, stay home and contact the Office of Human Resources.

“The health and safety of our community continues to be the highest priority of the University,

particularly during this challenging time,” Cevallos added.

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