Florida State University President John Thrasher tested positive for COVID-19 Tuesday afternoon, a day after his wife Jean Thrasher received a positive diagnosis, according to an announcement by the university.
Jean Thrasher tested positive Monday night after spending time in a hospital and rehabilitation facility in Tallahassee, the statement read.
John Thrasher is tested regularly for the virus, the university said, and he attended a football game on FSU’s campus Saturday while taking “appropriate precautions” after testing negative the day before. Members of his staff who have been in close contact with him tested negative for the coronavirus Tuesday.
FSU is working with public health authorities to conduct contact tracing in the Thrashers’ cases. The couple are self-isolating in their home and closely monitoring their symptoms, the statement said.
In a tweet Tuesday afternoon, John Thrasher said he and his wife were both feeling well, and he plans to work from home while in isolation.
Former FSU football coach Bobby Bowden also tested positive for COVID-19 this week after spending time in a local hospital’s rehabilitation center in late September, the Tallahassee Democrat reported.
John Thrasher has encouraged safety measures to curb the spread of COVID-19 on FSU’s campus, like face coverings and social distancing. Earlier this semester, he warned students violating campus health guidelines, including attending large parties or socializing after testing positive for the coronavirus, could face a semester-long suspension from the university.
Last month, John Thrasher announced he planned to retire and said the FSU’s Board of Trustees was beginning its search for a new president early due to the pandemic. He has served as the university’s president since 2014.
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