President of Harvard University Larry Bacow and his wife Adele have tested positive for coronavirus, he confirmed in a letter to the university community Tuesday.
Bacow said their symptoms began on Sunday with coughs and then fevers, chills and muscle aches. The couple contacted doctors and took a coronavirus test on Monday, receiving the results Tuesday.
“Neither of us knows how we contracted the virus, but the good news — if there is any to be had — is that far fewer people crossed our paths recently than is usually the case,” he said in the letter.
Bacow said the couple has been working from home since March 14. But the Massachusetts Department of Public Health will inform any person who was in contact with them in the last 14 days as per protocol.
“We will be taking the time we need to rest and recuperate during a two-week isolation at home,” he wrote. “I am blessed with a great team, and many of my colleagues will be taking on more responsibility over the next few weeks as Adele and I focus on just getting healthy.”
“I hope to see as few of you in our situation as possible, and I urge you to continue following the guidance of public health experts and the advice and orders of our government officials,” he added.
As of Tuesday, 18 people of the Harvard community have tested positive for the virus, the nation's oldest university said in a statement.
The school is located in Cambridge, Mass., in Middlesex County, where 232 people have been infected, according to state health department data as of Monday. Overall, the state has seen 777 cases of coronavirus, with nine deaths.