President of Notre Dame tests positive for coronavirus


SOUTH BEND, Ind. — Notre Dame president Rev. John Jenkins has tested positive for coronavirus, according to a statement on the university’s website.

In an email to student, Jenkins said, “I write to express my regret for certain choices I made that day and for failing to lead as I should have. I failed to lead by example, at a time when I’ve asked everyone else in the Notre Dame community to do so.”

Jenkins appeared at the White House Saturday with President Trump for the introduction of Supreme Court nominee Amy Coney Barrett, a former Notre Dame law professor and current judge on the Chicago-based 7th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals.

Jenkins also said in the email, “After returning to campus, I consulted the Notre Dame Wellness Center and was advised to monitor carefully and report any COVID-19 symptoms.  In an abundance of caution, I have decided also to quarantine in accordance with University protocols.”

A spokesperson from the University of Notre Dame issued the following statement:

During self-quarantine this week, University of Notre Dame President Rev. John I. Jenkins, CSC, learned that a colleague with whom he has been in regular contact tested positive for  COVID-19. Fr. Jenkins was tested and found to be positive for COVID-19 too. As a result, he is entering an extended period of isolation as indicated by University medical personnel and county health officials. “My symptoms are mild and I will continue work from home,” Fr. Jenkins said. “The positive test is a good reminder for me and perhaps for all of how vigilant we need to be.”

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