The University of West Virginia announced on Monday that it would suspend its classes on its main campus amid concerns over a recent spike in coronovirus infection.
The university said in-graduate undergraduate classes will be canceled on Tuesday at its main campus in Morgantown, and will then be transferred to online-only instruction via Sept 25. The school said that graduate-level and vocational courses will continue to be offered in person. Same period.
In a statement, university officials said the decision was made “in direct response to the recent increase in positive cases in students on the Morgentown campus, as well as concern for the possibility of increased cases following several reports from the parties this holiday.” Weekend where the group was supposed to be in quarantine. “
West Virginia University enrolls approximately 30,000 students in all of its campuses and programs. According to NBC News, the state had about 11,600 confirmations as of Monday afternoon.
Associate Vice President for Health Affairs and Dean of the School of Public Health, Drs. Jeffrey Cobain said, “This pause in face-to-face undergraduate instruction will give us time to monitor the ever-increasing cases of COVID-19.” Statement. “There is growing evidence that crowded indoor gatherings, such as those over the weekend, can serve as super-spread events.”
The university said it suspended 29 students on Sunday for “ongoing COVID-19 investigations,” and “additional sanctions are pending.”
Top universities and colleges across America are wrestling with how to prevent the spread of the wrestling virus and contending for the infection of a person learning during an epidemic.
Corey Farris, dean of students at WVU, said that students who went home for the holiday weekend “and have their materials to learn from afar” should stay there while students who don’t travel should stay in Morgantown.
The country’s leading infectious disease specialist, Dr. Anthony Fauci has appealed to colleges not to send students home if possible.
“It’s the worst thing you can do,” Fauci said last week on NBC’s “Today” show.
“When you send them home, especially when you are working with a university where people come from many different places, you can plant seedlings in different places with the infection,” he said .