COVID-19 cases confirmed at DePaul, UofC and Columbia College


CHICAGO —  A faculty member at DePaul University, a student at the University of Chicago and a member of the “campus community” at Columbia College Chicago have all tested positive for COVID-19, school officials announced Wednesday.

DePaul officials said the faculty member, who works in 1150 W. Fullerton Ave., alerted them Tuesday night of the coronavirus diagnosis. The employee was last in the building on Sunday, March 15 with a non-DePaul individual who has also been confirmed to have the virus.

As a precaution and for the safety of the community, DePaul said the building at 1150 W. Fullerton Ave., including the Chicago Public Library branch and AMITA Sage Medical, will be closed Wednesday to allow for cleaning. The faculty member is following Centers for Disease Control and Prevention guidelines and will self-quarantine for 14 days.

U of C officials said a student at the Booth School of Business has tested positive for the virus. The student lives off campus and is receiving treatment.

The school said this is the first confirmed case of COVID-19 involving a member of their campus community.

The University and the University of Chicago Medicine are working with local public health authorities to quickly identify and contact people who may have had close contact with the individual.

Columbia College Chicago has also announced that a member of the “campus community” alerted school officials Tuesday night that they had been diagnosed with coronavirus.

The individual is currently self-isolating and has not been on campus since Friday, March 13. The 33 E. Ida B. Wells building is the only campus facility visited by this individual over the past two weeks. The school said the building will be closed for 48 hours for a deep cleaning. It will be accessible beginning Friday, March 20, at 9 a.m. for employees needing to access their equipment and belongings.

This is a developing story. Check back for details.


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