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Message to Kellogg community: University response to confirmed case in Global Hub

Dear Kellogg community,

As shared a short time ago in an email from Craig Johnson, senior vice president for business and finance, we were notified late this afternoon that a Kellogg staff member who works in the Global Hub has tested positive for COVID-19.  Our wishes for a speedy recovery are with our fellow community member, who is now self-isolating off campus. 

Staff members who worked in close proximity with this individual, have been notified and are moving into self-isolation, as per NU’s policy. We are in the process of determining and reaching out to anyone who may have been in direct contact with this person, who was last at the Global Hub on Tuesday, March 10.

We have shut down the suite where the affected staff member worked and will immediately begin specialized cleaning of that area and common spaces in the Global Hub (e.g., the Market Place, bathrooms etc.) by properly trained environmental technicians wearing protective equipment. Winter Quarter finals, which are available virtually, will proceed as planned.

I want to reiterate the message from Northwestern that students who have flu-like symptoms and are worried that you might have COVID-19 should call Northwestern University Health Service at 847-491-8100 or your health care provider. Faculty, staff or other community members who have symptoms that could be COVID-19-related should contact their health care provider or pursue care at an urgent care center.

This news is unsettling for all of us. We anticipated that something like this could ultimately impact our community and are therefore moving forward with the protocols that have been put in place. We are committed to keeping the community apprised of any additional information we may receive from health officials.

Please join me in sending wishes for health and healing to our fellow community member. Let’s continue to support one another during this very challenging time.


Francesca Cornelli
Dean, Kellogg School of Management