Princeton: 1 student still being assessed amid China virus outbreak

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Princeton University says only one student who recently traveled to China is still being assessed among those required to isolate amid the rapidly spreading coronavirus outbreak.

The university told students, faculty and staff members who recently traveled to China to self-isolate, and officials said Monday that more than 100 undergraduate and graduate students had done so.

Princeton said New Jersey health officials issued new guidance Sunday that such students should be assessed based on risk. A university spokesman said Tuesday that all students assessed so far “have been low risk and do not need to self-quarantine."

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However, News 12 New Jersey has learned that some of the students have continued to self-isolate as a precaution. The university did not say how many students were doing so.

“Clearly, it’s a bit scary. I’m from Chicago originally. When I heard there were people at O’Hare [International Airport] getting it, it was scary to hear,” says sophomore Ned Bless. “But I think that as long as all the precautions are being taken…it will be OK.”

Gov. Phil Murphy has developed a coronavirus task force to help provide information about the illness to the public and to keep in contact with the federal government about updates.

There are not currently any cases of coronavirus in New Jersey.

The Associated Press wire services contributed to this report.

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