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Confirmed COVID-19 case on campus

To the Campus Community:

Last night, the college was notified that Assistant Professor of History Craig Hollander of our faculty has tested positive for COVID-19. He was last on campus on Monday, March 9, a day before he started experiencing symptoms.

On that Monday, Dr. Hollander taught three classes (two sections of HIS 260 and HIS 460) and had lunch with colleagues in the 1855 Room. His students and dining partners have been notified and have been advised to self-quarantine.

From the time he first experienced symptoms, Dr. Hollander did the responsible thing. He stayed away from campus and sought the advice of his doctor. On that Tuesday and again on Friday he tried unsuccessfully to obtain a COVID-19 test. He was able to get tested only on Monday (March 16) and, upon receiving his results, immediately let the college know. Our thoughts are with him and his family and we wish him a full and quick recovery.

We have been in contact with the local department of health and are following its guidance about providing notification to those who were in closest contact with Dr. Hollander. Let me also remind you of the importance of these everyday actions to help prevent the spread of respiratory viruses both for your own safety and that of the broader community:

  • Wash your hands frequently with soap and water for at least 20 seconds. If soap and water are not available, use an alcohol-based hand sanitizer.
  • Avoid touching your eyes, nose, and mouth with unwashed hands.
  • Avoid close contact with people who are sick.
  • Clean and disinfect frequently touched surfaces and objects.

If you do develop symptoms, the CDC recommends the following additional steps:

  • Call your doctor for medical assistance and call ahead before visiting their office.
  • Stay home except to get medical care.
  • Stay away from others in your home and limit contact with pets and animals.
  • Cover your mouth and nose with a tissue or your sleeve (not your hands) when coughing or sneezing.
  • Avoid sharing personal items.
  • Drink plenty of water and other clear liquids to prevent fluid loss (dehydration).
  • Clean and disinfect high-touch surfaces every day.
  • Monitor your symptoms.

If you have questions about COVID-19, please contact the New Jersey Department of Health by dialing 2-1-1 or 800-962-1253.

As a reminder, per Governor Murphy’s executive order, we have begun remote operations for all but a limited number of employees. Beginning on Monday, all classes will meet virtually. Only those students and employees who have been approved to be on campus should come to campus.

We are navigating extraordinary times, meeting daily—remotely, I note—to recognize varied circumstances and protect the health and well-being of our community. Thank you immensely for your continued resilience and flexibility, which have been exceptional.

With great appreciation in these times and always,

Kathryn A. Foster