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The Vanderbilt Hustler

The official student newspaper of Vanderbilt University.
The official student newspaper of Vanderbilt University

The Vanderbilt Hustler

The official student newspaper of Vanderbilt University.

BREAKING: Vanderbilt junior contracts coronavirus visiting Barcelona over break

The A&S student was traveling with eight other Vanderbilt students, some of whom came back to campus. All students traveling with him are in quarantine, according to Schulman.
Emily Gonçalves

CORRECTION: A previous version of this article stated that Schulman’s parents took him to the hospital. The article has been corrected with new information to state that only his father drove him to the hospital.

Junior Max Schulman tested positive for coronavirus after visiting Barcelona over spring break. He learned of his positive result March 9 around 12:30 p.m., after the test was administered Sunday March 8. Schulman returned to his home in Plainview, New York, Sunday March 7 at 1:30 p.m. Schulman is the editorial director of The Hustler.

He reported that he was feeling slightly sick when he left Barcelona and started to feel worse, “slightly delirious,” on his flight home. At home, Schulman tried to sleep it off, but overnight his temperature spiked to 102.7 F, and his dad brought him to Northwell Health Plainview Hospital. He reported his symptoms and travel to the CDC and the New York Department of Health. 

At the hospital, doctors ran tests for conditions including COVID-19, and he went home until results came back. He went into self-isolation at his house in Plainview, reporting no symptoms besides fever and general malaise.

On Sunday, Schulman contacted his professors and was directed to talk to Deputy Dean of Students G.L. Black. The university sent him a survey to fill out who he had interacted with and his travels.

Hustler editors went to Black’s office to request comment, and his office staff told The Hustler to reach out via email. The university has since canceled classes for the remainder week and moved classes online March 16 through March 30.

“If I had to guess, there were maybe 50 [Vanderbilt students] who were in Barcelona who went and came back [to Vanderbilt],” Schulman said. 

On Monday, his dad got a call from a doctor at Plainview Hospital that the COVID-19 test came back negative. He told his friends that he was traveling with that the test was negative and left isolation, and there was a 45 minute period before the head physician at Plainview Hospital called his house to tell him that the test was positive. 

Schulman has told the school his diagnosis. He is now in isolation in his home in Plainview with mild symptoms, he said. Some of the students he was traveling with came back to campus, and all of them are in quarantine at the direction of Vanderbilt administration, according to Schulman.

“Now that I’m positive, who else is positive? There could be potentially like 50 people on campus who might have it.”

The Hustler reported that earlier this week a student returning from Florence, Italy studying abroad tested positive for coronavirus in a hospital in Chicago.

Those who believe they may have been exposed to or infected with the novel coronavirus should seek medical care right away. Before you go to a clinic, doctor’s office or emergency room, call ahead and tell them about your recent travel and your symptoms. Vanderbilt students should contact the Student Health Center, while faculty and staff should contact the Occupational Health Clinic for further evaluation.

Last updated March 10 at 8:16 a.m: Information regarding class cancelation has been added. The article has also been updated for clarity. The Hustler will update this article when we obtain new information.

Updated March 9 at 8:25 p.m with updated information about the isolation status of the students Schulman was traveling with.

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About the Contributors
Rachel Friedman
Rachel Friedman, Former Editor in Chief
Rachel Friedman was a student in the College of Arts & Science who studied history and mathematics. Before serving as Editor in Chief, Rachel was the Campus Editor of The Hustler. You can reach her at [email protected].
Eva Durchholz
Eva Durchholz, Former News Editor
Eva Durchholz ('20) studied public policy and medicine, health and society in the College of Arts and Science. She can be reached at [email protected].
Emily Gonçalves
Emily Gonçalves, Former Multimedia Director
Emily Gonçalves (‘20) was the Multimedia Director of the Vanderbilt Hustler. She majored in Mathematics and Economics and minored in Latin American Studies. When she’s not taking photos, you can catch this Jersey girl making puns, singing, advocating for girls’ education and drinking lots of chocolate milk and espresso!

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4 years ago

How is Max? And the others in the Vandy community that are down with the virus? Please keep us updated. We are praying for everyone’s full recovery and safety. Thank you.

Don't Bro me if you don't know me, Bruh!
4 years ago

Bruh- Why so angry? No need to get personal. Please don’t let insecurity drive your emotions. Keep it in check.

I question if/why the Editorial Director of the Paper opted to use the newspaper to “break” the news to the administration. The timeline of events seems to point to the use of the medium to protect a scoop vs going to the University directly to start the process rolling without causing the amount of speculation that is happening around the University and on numerous, affiliated social media reports.

At best, its narcissistic (gotta get the scoop!) at worst, its irresponsible if the OP was the way in which the University learned about the positive case. Way to put them on their heels. . .

4 years ago

Leigh Smart,
Could you be more stupid? They said he contracted it after visiting Barcelona, and that he felt sick on his way home from Barcelona. NEVER did they say that he definitively contracted the disease in Barcelona. Do better.

Leigh Smart
4 years ago

It is disingenuous to assume he contracted in Barcelona. He was only in Spain for 4 days. The average incubation period is 5.1 days. So he is on the edge having shown symptoms on day 4 of time in Spain. This is written as if Covid19 is not presently a risk in Nashville minus the horrible contamination conditions in the rest of the world. Do better.

David Vrona
4 years ago


I advise you to talk to your organization’s attorney about HIPAA violations.

Really Upset
4 years ago

Did school say clearly that those students need to be self quarantined at home for 14 days? How could those 50 people just come back to put all in risk??? School said it will take actions against such irresponsible acts and we want to see that action SOON before this thing spreads more!

4 years ago

They named him because he is the editorial director of the paper, so he chose to reveal that information. Also, he hasn’t been trying to keep it a secret amongst students.

4 years ago

Hi, I’m wondering why the Hustler chose to name the student in this article. It seems like a violation of medical privacy.

4 years ago

Well done! Classes are canceling. Just saw the email

4 years ago

plz cancel classes

Randy Lahey
4 years ago

Cancel classes, it’s obvious that this was going to happen. I don’t want coronavirus.

4 years ago

These 50 students may have given to others who they contacted .. vicious cycle..
Are we parents going to hear from university??