NEW YORK — One of the children of a Westchester County man who was diagnosed with coronavirus, or COVID-19, attends Yeshiva University in New York City, a college representative confirmed Tuesday afternoon.
The undergraduate student has not been on campus since Feb. 27 and remains quarantined with his family in their New Rochelle home, according to the university. Mayor Bill de Blasio said the student was showing symptoms that could be coronavirus. The health department is monitoring the family.
A student with the university’s Cardozo School of Law is also under a voluntary quarantine as a precaution because of contact with the patient’s law firm, according to the school. The student does not have symptoms, but was told to self-quarantine by their doctor.
“We are working closely with, and following the recommendations of the New York City Department of Health and Mental Hygiene (DOHMH) and the Office of Emergency Preparedness and Response and other government agencies to take every necessary precaution to ensure the safety of our community,” the university representative said in a statement. “We will continue to work closely with the DOHMH and will share information as we receive it.”
The university is disinfecting relevant common areas. All functions and classes will continue to operate as usual.
The patient, an unidentified 50-year-old man, works at a law firm in Midtown. He is currently hospitalized, according to officials.
He has not recently traveled to China or other countries on the virus watch list, Gov. Andrew Cuomo said, but he was in Miami in early February.
Yeshiva University urged students and staff to wash their hands frequently and follow the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention’s guidelines on sanitary practices. Anyone with possible coronavirus symptoms should call their doctor or 311.