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Catholic U. president tests positive for COVID-19, UW prof with virus dies

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As the coronavirus continues to spread around the country and the world, at least one university president has tested positive for the virus and another professor who contracted the virus has died.

John Garvey, president of Catholic University of America in Washington D.C., revealed in a news release that he had tested positive for COVID-19, the virus that causes the coronavirus.

On the West Coast, Dr. Paul Ramsey, dean of the school of medicine at the University of Washington, revealed in a news release on Wednesday that longtime pathology Professor Stephen Schwartz had died after contracting the coronavirus.

Ramsey said that Schwartz had been teaching at the university since 1973, but had been working in the pathology department since 1967.

“Dr. Schwartz will be remembered for his vigorous advocacy for research and for the field of vascular biology as well as for his many trainees who have gone on to great success as independent investigators in the field of vascular pathobiology,” Ramsey said.

At CUA, Garvey said that while he had tested positive, he was no longer exhibiting symptoms of the virus. He has been in self-quarantine since March 13 and said that he has notified people who he had been in contact recently.

Like most colleges around the country, both Catholic University and UW have moved their academic operations online over concerns of the spread of the virus.

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