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Fr. Jenkins completes COVID-19 isolation period

| Monday, October 12, 2020

University President Fr. John Jenkins has completed his medically recommended isolation period after contracting the coronavirus, Paul Browne, the office of public affairs and communications vice president, said in a press release Monday evening.

Jenkins began his isolation period two weeks ago on Sept. 28. He initially entered quarantine of his own volition after receiving criticism over his actions at the Rose Garden nomination ceremony of Notre Dame law professor Judge Amy Coney Barret Sept. 26.

Jenkins tested positive for COVID-19 sometime between Sept. 28 and Oct. 2, when his positive result was announced to students, faculty and staff.

Browne said Jenkins learned earlier that week a colleague who he regularly associates with tested positive for the virus. Jenkins was then tested and received a positive result. As a result, he entered an extended period of isolation.

“Since testing positive for COVID-19, Father Jenkins has experienced moderate symptoms that have lessened over time,” Browne said in a statement to The Observer on Thursday. “He has worked remotely throughout. Father Jenkins is grateful for the expressions of concern and good wishes of many.”

According to Monday’s press release, Jenkins is currently symptom-free and “looks forward to resuming his normal activities.”

“Father Jenkins again thanked the many people who offered prayers and well wishes for him over the last two weeks,” Browne said.

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