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UT Austin President Greg Fenves' Wife Tests Positive For COVID-19

UT Austin President Greg Fenves
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UT Austin President Greg Fenves, seen here in 2017, announced Friday his wife has tested positive for COVID-19.

UT Austin President Greg Fenves' wife, Carmel, has tested positive for COVID-19, he said in a letter sent to the UT community Friday.

"Carmel and I have compiled a list of individuals who might have recently been in close contact with us," he said in the letter. "UT Health Austin nurses will be reaching out to those on the list who are affiliated with UT to screen them per Centers for Disease Control and Prevention guidelines.”

He added that a second member of his family, who works at UT, also is presumed to have COVID-19.

"I have now been tested for the virus, and the three of us are in self-isolation," he wrote.

UT Austin closed the university and canceled classes Friday. On Wednesday, it announced it would be extending spring break for a week and moving to online-only classes afterward. Spring break starts next week.

Correction: A previous version of this story and the headline said the family member had tested positive for the virus. The relative is presumed to have it. 

Clarification: The story previously said the university was closed for two weeks for spring break. Classes will not be held, but the university will still be in operation the week March 23.

Claire McInerny is a former education reporter for KUT.
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