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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 student tests positive for coronavirus at student health center

The engineering student traveled to Colombia and San Diego over spring break, before returning to his off-campus home in Nashville
Emily Gonçalves

A Vanderbilt senior has tested positive for coronavirus after spending roughly a week in Nashville. He learned of his positive result Friday, March 13 at around 4 p.m., after the test was administered Thursday, March 12. He has been self-isolating in his off-campus house since the test was administered.

The engineering student attended classes on Monday and first felt a “tingle in his throat” on Wednesday, March 11 but experienced no other symptoms. His fever has still yet to break 100.

“[On Wednesday] I took a Tylenol and went to sleep,” he said. “I woke up the next morning feeling completely fine, but went to student health just in case. I expected a Strep test because I thought that was the only thing I might have, but they told me they were going to test me for coronavirus.”

He was instructed to inform everyone with whom he had been in close contact. Vanderbilt University was notified of the positive test by student health and sent out exposure surveys to individuals at risk.

The patient lives in a house with five other Vanderbilt students, all of whom have been self-isolating since the test results came back positive. They were required to fill out the aforementioned self-monitoring form and to contact student health if any symptoms arose.

Over spring break, the patient flew from Atlanta to San Diego to visit a friend. Then, he flew San Diego to Bogatá, Colombia (connecting through Dallas) to visit another friend, before flying back into Atlanta.

After classes were canceled and moved online for the remainder of the semester, the student and his roommates attended social events for St. Patrick’s Day on Wednesday March 11. They went to Wesley Place Apartments, where various groups of students were gathered, before the groups dispersed to multiple off-campus houses for the remainder of the day. The patient did not feel symptomatic until hours after the events.

“After the epidemiologist suggested it, I told everyone that was at these parties to text me if they’re feeling symptoms so I can put them in touch with her.”

The Hustler reported earlier this week that Max Schulman tested positive for coronavirus after visiting Barcelona for spring break. Last week, the first Vanderbilt student tested positive for coronavirus in Chicago after returning from Florence, Italy studying abroad.

Vanderbilt emailed the student body to inform them of the positive test on Saturday March 14 at 1:21 p.m.

Updated March 14 at 1:36 p.m with information on Vanderbilt’s student-wide email response.

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.

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Simon Gibbs
Simon Gibbs, Former Sports Editor
Simon Gibbs (‘21) is the former Sports Editor for The Vanderbilt Hustler. He has been on staff since the first semester of his freshman year, previously serving as a Staff Writer, Senior Writer and Deputy Sports Editor. Simon is also the host of VU Sports Wired on Vanderbilt Video Productions and The Hustler Sports 30 on VandyRadio. Simon has attended several events as credentialed media, including the 2019 NFL Draft, 2019 College Baseball World Series and the 2019 SEC Tournament. Outside of his Commodore coverage, Simon has had bylines published on and When he's not writing, you can find Simon watching his hometown New York Mets, waiting for that next ring. For tips, comments or concerns, please reach out to: [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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