Sister Jean Dolores Schmidt, BVM returned to campus Sept. 2 after spending 10 days in isolation with COVID-19. The 103-year-old said she experienced no symptoms during her recovery and is already back to work.
After testing positive Aug. 22, Schmidt was in isolation or, as she called it, ‘hibernation,’ for 10 days at her apartment near Loyola’s Water Tower Campus (WTC) in The Clare. During her time with the virus, she missed a number of celebrations that followed her birthday on Aug. 21, including throwing out the first pitch at Wrigley Field, attending Mass of the Holy Spirit, a campus-wide picnic at the Lake Shore Campus and the annual block party event at WTC.
“If it had to be, it had to be,”Schmidt said about contracting the virus for the first time.
On her first day back from quarantine, she spent the day talking with ‘lots of students’ and attended to her on-campus duties as the men’s basketball chaplain.
“It was a very exhilarating day,”Schmidt said. “The students are what make me feel better.”
The only event able to be rescheduled was her ceremonial first pitch at Wrigley Field, which is now scheduled for Sept. 27, according toSchmidt.