Second Princeton University staff member tests positive for the coronavirus

Princeton University officials were notified on Saturday that the second of two staff members under self-isolation after possible exposure to COVID-19 has tested positive, school officials said.

The first staff member’s positive test result was announced on Friday. School officials said that both staff members remain in self-isolation.  

Princeton officials have not sent out any updates for Saturday as of 5:30 p.m. On Saturday night, Princeton Mayor Liz Lempert told Planet Princeton the second staffer who tested positive is not a Princeton resident. She said Princeton officials are not receiving any information regarding test results for residents from other municipalities who attended the party in Princeton.

Both staff members were possibly exposed to the coronavirus at an off-campus gathering at a private Princeton home on Feb. 29. Other university community members who had close contact with the two staff members were identified and asked to self-quarantine as a precaution. Two people from the Boston area who attended that party had previously attended the Biogen conference in Boston. More than 70 attendees of that conference have tested positive, and the two who attended the Princeton party tested positive after they returned to New England.

On March 11, a Princeton student who was exhibiting flu-like symptoms was also tested for coronavirus at McCosh Health Center and was immediately placed in isolation. The student continues to remain in isolation. Test results are not available yet.


  1. Do we have information on where is this Private Princeton Home was? I don’t need to know the exact address, just want to know the area.

  2. seems as if this party was in a very small space or this virus is really more virulent than reported so far

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