© 2022 | WUWF Public Media
11000 University Parkway
Pensacola, FL 32514
850 474-2787
NPR for Florida's Great Northwest
Play Live Radio
Next Up:
0:00
0:00
Available On Air Stations

FSU President John Thrasher Tests Positive For COVID-19, Is Isolating At Home

Florida State president John Thrasher speaks at a press conference Sunday, Dec. 8, 2019, in Tallahassee, Fla.  (AP Photo/Phil Sears)
Florida State president John Thrasher speaks at a press conference Sunday, Dec. 8, 2019, in Tallahassee, Fla. (AP Photo/Phil Sears)

Florida State University President John Thrasher has tested positive for COVID-19, he announced Tuesday afternoon.

In a statement, the university says "President and Mrs. (Jean) Thrasher are isolating at home and monitoring their symptoms. Both are feeling well at this time, and the president is working from home."

The University, along with public health officials, is conducting contact tracing. Those who have been in contact with the Thrashers are advised to follow CDC guidelines.

A press release from the University says Thrasher has conducted "limited in-person meetings and events," but has "primarily engaged with university constituents via Zoom meetings, virtual events, video messages and social media."

The school's news release says Thrasher "learned of his positive result at 3:45 p.m. Tuesday after taking a PCR test earlier in the day." It adds Thrasher tested negative for coronavirus "as recently as Friday."

Thrasher attended FSU Football's home game against Jacksonville State University on Saturday at Doak Campbell Stadium, where the University says he "took precautions." Mrs. Thrasher was not present at the game.

Since the beginning of August, 1,500 students and 32 employees at FSU have tested positive for COVID-19. That amounts to a positivity rate just shy of 7 percent, out of more than 22,000 tests conducted.

Copyright 2021 WFSU. To see more, visit WFSU.

Ryan Dailey is a reporter/producer for WFSU/Florida Public Radio. After graduating from Florida State University, Ryan went into print journalism working for the Tallahassee Democrat for five years. At the Democrat, he worked as a copy editor, general assignment and K-12 education reporter.