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Florida State President John Thrasher, wife test positive for COVID-19

Thrasher & wife say they're 'feeling well'
Posted at 5:00 PM, Oct 06, 2020
and last updated 2020-10-06 17:10:55-04

TALLAHASSEE, Fla. (WTXL) — Florida State University President John Thrasher and his wife, First Lady Jean Thrasher, have tested positive for COVID-19.

The university announced the news via a statement Tuesday afternoon. Shortly after the statement was released, Thrasher took to Twitter, saying that both he and his wife are "feeling well."

They say President Thrasher learned of his positive result at 3:45 p.m. Tuesday after taking a PCR test earlier in the day.

His wife learned of her positive diagnosis late Monday night after a recent stay in the hospital and at a local rehabilitation facility for an unrelated condition.

"President Thrasher is regularly tested for COVID-19 and tested negative as recently as Friday," the statement wrote.

Based on that test result, the university said Thrasher also attended Saturday’s football game and took "appropriate precautions." His wife was not in attendance.

FSU officials, in conjunction with public health authorities, say they are conducting contact tracing, and advice those who have been in close contact with the Thrashers to follow CDC guidelines.

They say some members of the president’s staff who worked closely with Thrasher in recent days were tested Tuesday and received negative results.

"Thrasher has been a strong proponent of face coverings and social distancing and has regularly communicated with the campus community about FSU’s COVID-19 protocols and expectations," the statement read.