An unnamed referee, who officiated at the Saint Peter’s men’s basketball game on March 6, is currently being tested for COVID-19.

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This story was updated on March 19 at 8:21 p.m.

An unidentified referee who worked at the Men’s Basketball game against Iona on March 6 has tested positive for COVID-19, according to an email update sent out by university president Eugene Cornacchia, Ph.D.

We wish him a full and speedy recovery,” the email read.

The referee, who was employed by Collegiate Officiating Consortium, LLC did not begin showing symptoms until March 11, and that the risk to the team, coaches, staff and greater Saint Peter’s community is considered “low.”

According to the email, anyone who was in close contact with the individual has been contacted and advised to take the necessary precautions. 

In an abundance of caution and following the advice of the New Jersey Department of Health, the Recreational Life Center (RLC) will be cleaned, and student-athletes, coaches and staff were asked to self-monitor their symptoms following CDC guidelines.

“It is also positive to note that we are approaching the end of the incubation period as tomorrow will be 14 days since any potential exposure,” the email read. “Those that have been self-monitoring report no symptoms to date.”

As of March 19, New Jersey has 742 positive COVID-19 cases and nine deaths, according to the New Jersey Department of Health.


On March 16, Saint Peter’s made the decision to continue online courses through the end of the spring term, and as of March 19, all Saint Peter’s employees will continue working remotely.

Saint Peter’s also announced that commencement exercises will be postponed at least until the end of May amid concerns for public health conditions.

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