Florida State University president tests positive for COVID-19

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.



John E. Thrasher wearing a suit and tie: FSU president John Thrasher, assists FSU physics professor Dr. Paul Cottle with a demonstration of magnetic induction to students at the Orlando Science School during his yearly visit to encourage them to continue their STEM education, on Thursday, March 12, 2015. Jobs in STEM fields (science, technology, engineering and math) are plentiful and well-paying -- yet in Florida those are fields many students don't pursue long enough to earn a degree. With the help of an FSU physics professor, we've analyzed which school districts -- and local high schools - do the best job getting kids to take math and science courses that put them in the STEM pipeline.


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FSU president John Thrasher, assists FSU physics professor Dr. Paul Cottle with a demonstration of magnetic induction to students at the Orlando Science School during his yearly visit to encourage them to continue their STEM education, on Thursday, March 12, 2015. Jobs in STEM fields (science, technology, engineering and math) are plentiful and well-paying — yet in Florida those are fields many students don’t pursue long enough to earn a degree. With the help of an FSU physics professor, we’ve analyzed which school districts — and local high schools – do the best job getting kids to take math and science courses that put them in the STEM pipeline.

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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