Yeshiva University in New York City said it canceled all classes on one of its Manhattan campuses after one of its students contracted COVID-19.
“We are taking every precaution by canceling all classes on Wilf Campus in Washington Heights,” the university said in a statement. “This precautionary step will allow us to work with city agencies and other professionals to best prepare our campus and ensure the uncompromised safety of our students, faculty and staff.”
The news comes after New York officials confirmed on Tuesday the state’s second case of COVID-19. The virus has now infected 108 people across the U.S., according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, and killed nine, all of which are in Washington State.
While the school didn’t identify the student, New York City health officials said Tuesday that a patient being treated for the coronavirus at Presbyterian Hospital had two children. One of them was a boy who attends Yeshiva University.
The family lives in Westchester County; the father works at the Manhattan law firm Lewis and Garbuz, P.C., the health department said in a press release. Both of his children attend school in the city. The other child is a girl who goes to SAR Academy and High School in the Bronx. SAR Academy voluntarily closed Tuesday as a precautionary measure.
“We have unfortunately received news this morning that our student has tested positive for COVID-19,” Yeshiva University said in a statement Wednesday. “Our thoughts and prayers are with him and his family as well as to all those affected.”