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JJC: Faculty member's girlfriend tested positive for coronavirus

College: Faculty member not confirmed to have virus, only came in contact with 2 officers

Joliet Junior College.
Joliet Junior College.

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Joliet Junior College officials learned the day after a faculty member went to campus March 21 to retrieve essential work essential that his girlfriend tested positive for coronavirus, according to the college’s spokeswoman.

The faculty member was only in contact with two campus police officers that day, said JJC spokeswoman Kelly Rohder-Tonelli, and they told college officials they feel fine and do not show any symptoms of the virus.

The college’s main campus, City Center and Romeoville locations were open for a limited time March 21 for employees to retrieve essential items needed to work remotely, according to JJC.

The employees were invited to arrive that day at staggered times and to use social distancing techniques in accordance with guidelines from the Centers of Disease Control and Prevention, Rohder-Tonelli said.

The evening of March 21, the faculty member reported to the college his girlfriend was tested for coronavirus, she said. College officials were not “aware of this situation” before he arrived on campus, she said.

The next day, he reported to the college that his girlfriend’s test results came back positive for the virus, she said.

Rohder-Tonelli said JJC officials learned of the faculty member’s situation because he followed a protocol where employees are encouraged to contact the college if they have coronavirus, feel symptoms of the virus or have been close to someone showing symptoms.

Rohder-Tonelli said the college took “extra precautionary measures” by determining the faculty member’s route on campus March 21, which was limited to checking in upon arrival and going to his office.

“We conducted a deep cleaning of that area, and the officers that checked him in that day are asymptomatic,” she said.

Rohder-Tonelli said the the pandemic has presented “some of the most challenging moments” the college administration has encountered as a leadership team.

“It’s always guided by what is the best option or solution, or what is in the best interest of our employees and students,” she said.

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