Fairleigh Dickinson student tests positive for COVID-19 at Florham Park campus

Some students and staff at Fairleigh Dickinson University are under quarantine after a student tested positive for COVID-19 at the school’s Florham Park campus.

The student resided in the Park Avenue Residence Halls. Student residents there were informed of the positive test via email on Tuesday, according to the student newspaper The Pillar.

On Wednesday morning, university officials announced the positive test and quarantine procedures on the FDU website.

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“That student is no longer in the residence hall and is currently in isolation,” the university posted. “Any individual known to have been in direct contact with this student has been contacted by Student Health Services and has been instructed to quarantine per CDC guidelines.”

That student’s residence hall has undergone additional cleaning in public areas to reduce the potential risk of transmission of COVID-19.

The announcement comes one day after some classes began assembling on campus. Students arriving after Labor Day were informed via a Sept. 6 letter that there were no confirmed coronavirus cases at that time on the FDU campuses in Florham Park or Bergen County.

The announcement Wednesday added “we earlier had one confirmed case of COVID-19 among our faculty and staff during the first week of the semester in August.”

Surveillance testing of resident students began last week and is continuing, with some test results pending, officials said.

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So far this semester, 68 students have tested negative, FDU said.

Students who think they have been exposed to COVID-19 or experience symptoms of the virus were urged to “either contact their primary care physician if they are commuters or the appropriate health service on campus if they are residents.”

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