Colorado Law Student Learns She Tested Positive for COVID Right After Taking Bar Exam With Others
A Colorado law school graduate learned she tested positive for the novel coronavirus immediately after completing a two-day bar exam at the University of Denver last Wednesday.
"I turned on my phone after the test was over to have a voicemail from a nurse at my orthopedic surgeon's office saying, 'I need to talk to you about your COVID results and your surgery,'" said the graduate, Sydney Donovan, in a virtual interview with Denver's NBC-affiliated news station KUSA-TV.
Donovan was required to take a diagnostic COVID-19 test two days earlier in preparation for an upcoming medical procedure, the outlet reported.
"I was completely asymptomatic," she noted during the interview. Donovan estimated roughly 20 others sat for the exam alongside her, according to KUSA.
Due to concerns about virus transmission, law school graduates across the country have petitioned their state courts to invoke diploma privilege, an authorization that would allow them to practice without taking the lengthy in-person examination.
Prior to the COVID-19 outbreak, Wisconsin was the only U.S. state that permitted law school graduates' entry to the bar by way of diploma privilege. Between April and July, supreme courts in Utah, Washington, Oregon and Louisiana passed provisional orders granting diploma privilege to graduates during the pandemic.
The Colorado Supreme Court rejected graduates requests for diploma privilege ahead of the July exam, but issued a series of requirements in efforts to lower transmission risks. The court mandated all test-takers wear face masks and shields, remain six feet apart, and undergo temperature checks before ...
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