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Reported Cases

The health and safety of our students, faculty, priests, staff and administrators are of paramount importance. Known cases of COVID-19 among the Seton Hall community are shared below. Details may be limited due for reasons of health privacy.

Since Fall Reopening (July 9)

  • Positive Cases: 29
  • Number of Students Tested: 2,920

Total Reported Cases *

  • Seton Hall University: 36 
  • South Orange: 151
  • Newark: 9,740
  • Nutley: 637
  • Essex County: 23,232
  • New Jersey: 225,430

* Figures represent cumulative cases since start of pandemic (March 1, 2020) and will also appear within each host community’s reported total figures. Last Updated: Friday, October 23

Fall 2020 Positive Case Reports (July-September)



On October 23, our testing protocols detected five students who tested positive for COVID-19, and the University also learned that an employee tested positive off-campus.

Health Services identified the students through contact tracing related to the previously reported cases. The students all live off-campus and have not been on campus recently. The employee was last on campus yesterday. All have received isolation instructions and are now in quarantine. Any contacts identified in our community have been notified along with the local Department of Health.


On October 22, our testing protocols detected four students who tested positive for COVID-19, and the University also learned that a fifth student tested positive off-campus. All of these students live off-campus or commute from their homes.

Two of the positive cases were identified through contact tracing from a previously reported case. Three of the students have already been quarantining off-campus. All have received isolation instructions. Any contacts identified in our community have been notified along with the local Department of Health. Health Services continues to follow up on students who have tested positive; all are doing well.

Update: the University has now confirmed an additional student tested positive off-campus. The student lives off-campus and is in quarantine. Any contacts identified in our community have been notified along with the local Department of Health.


On October 21, our testing protocols detected four students from the South Orange campus who tested positive for COVID-19. Three of these cases and the case reported on October 20 are related.

Three of the students live off-campus; the fourth student lives on-campus and has been moved to quarantine in Ora Manor. The students' contacts have been notified through tracing along with the South Orange Department of Health.


On October 20, our testing protocols detected a student from the South Orange campus who tested positive for COVID-19. The student was last on campus a week ago and living off-campus. Contacts identified in our community have been notified along with the South Orange Department of Health. The risk of exposure to other campus community members is believed to be low.


On October 17, the University learned that two students from the Interprofessional Health Sciences campus tested positive for COVID-19. The cases were reported to appropriate local health officials, and the students' contacts have been notified through contact tracing. The two cases are unrelated, and the risk to the University community is believed to be low.


On October 9, our testing protocols detected a student from the South Orange campus who tested positive for COVID-19. The student has been taking classes and living on the South Orange campus, but will now be isolating at home. Any contacts identified in our community have been notified along with the South Orange Department of Health. The risk of exposure to other campus community members is believed to be low.


On October 8, our testing protocols detected a student from the South Orange campus who tested positive for COVID-19. The student, who lives off-campus, has not been on campus in the past two weeks and is isolating at home. Any contacts identified in our community have been notified, and the South Orange Department of Health has been notified. The risk of exposure to other campus community members is believed to be low.


On October 3, the University learned that a student on the South Orange campus tested positive for COVID-19. The student was last on campus September 23, lives off campus and is isolating at home. Any contacts identified in our community have been notified. The risk of exposure to other campus community members is believed to be low.


On September 29, the University learned that an employee on the South Orange campus tested positive on September 29. The employee had been on campus. The employee’s contacts have been notified through tracing and will quarantine per protocol. The appropriate local health officials have been notified.

On September 29, the University also learned that a student on the Interprofessional Health Sciences campus tested positive on Friday, September 25 off campus. The student’s contacts have been notified through tracing and will quarantine per protocol. One contact is in quarantine in Ora Manor. Health Services will follow up with them to monitor their status. The appropriate local health officials have been notified. The two cases are unrelated.


On September 23, our testing protocols detected two individuals from the South Orange campus who tested positive for COVID-19. Neither case was related to exposure on campus, and neither individual has been on campus since exposure. The cases are unrelated, and neither individual has had contact since exposure with anyone on campus, other than Health Services, who safely performed the testing. Each individual has entered isolation off-campus. Health Services will continue to follow up with them to monitor their status. The risk of exposure to other members of the campus community is considered low.


On August 24 our testing protocols detected an individual on the South Orange campus who tested positive for COVID-19. The individual has entered isolation. It is believed the risk of exposure to other members of the campus community is low.


On August 20 our testing protocols detected an individual on the South Orange campus who tested positive for COVID-19. The individual has entered isolation. It is believed the risk of exposure to other members of the campus community is low.


On August 15 the testing protocol detected an asymptomatic individual on the South Orange campus and the individual has entered isolation. According to health authorities, it is believed the risk of exposure to other members of the campus is low.


The appropriate public health department officials and Seton Hall University’s Health Services are immediately notified of cases and gather all pertinent information from affected individuals. The University works to ensure to contact anyone who may need to be interviewed. More information on our reporting protocols is available in our restart plan.

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On April 7 the University learned that two more members of our campus community have tested positive for COVID-19, also known as the coronavirus. The individuals were last on campus on March 27, 2020 and March 31, 2020, respectively. It is believed the risk of exposure to other members of the campus community is low.


On April 2 the University learned that a fifth member of our campus community has tested positive for COVID-19, also known as the coronavirus. The individual was last on campus on April 1, 2020 and reports no close or prolonged contacts, and it is believed the risk of exposure to other members of the campus community is low.


On March 24 the University learned that a fourth person on the South Orange campus has tested positive for COVID-19, also known as the coronavirus. The individual was last on campus on March 19, 2020 and reports no close or prolonged contacts, and it is believed the risk of exposure to other members of the campus community is low.


On March 23 the University learned that a third person on the South Orange campus has tested positive for COVID-19, also known as the coronavirus. The individual was last on campus on March 16, 2020 and reports no close or prolonged contacts, and it is believed the risk of exposure to other members of the campus community is low.


We understand that these updates will prompt additional questions. Thank you for your patience as we address your questions and concerns in this rapidly evolving situation. Please remember to regularly consult the Community Communications and Frequently Asked Questions. We are in this together. Please keep all affected nations, people, and students in your prayers throughout these difficult times.

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