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Florida State University President John Thrasher tests positive for COVID-19

Thrasher's wife also tests positive
Florida State University President John Thrasher at Mike Norvell's introductory news conference
Posted at 5:27 PM, Oct 06, 2020
and last updated 2020-10-06 21:29:41-04

TALLAHASSEE, Fla. — Florida State University President John Thrasher and first lady Jean Thrasher have tested positive for COVID-19, according to an FSU statement.

The statement said Thrasher learned about his positive result at 3:45 p.m. Tuesday after taking a test earlier in the day.

Jean Thrasher learned of her positive diagnosis late Monday after a recent stay in the hospital and a rehabilitation facility for an unrelated condition.

According to FSU, Thrasher is regularly tested for COVID-19 and tested negative as recently as Friday. He attended Saturday's football game and took appropriate precautions. His wife was not in attendance.

"FSU officials, in conjunction with public health authorities, are conducting contact tracing, and those who have been in close contact with the Thrashers should follow (Centers for Disease Control and Prevention) guidelines," the statement said. "Some members of the president's staff who worked closely with Thrasher in recent days were tested today and received negative results."

School officials said the number of COVID-19 cases on campus went down last week with a 2% positivity rate after a surge on early September.