Aug. 30, 2021 -- Liberty University successful Virginia announced a impermanent campus-wide quarantine owed to a spike successful COVID-19 cases among students and staff.
The quarantine began Monday and is scheduled to extremity connected Sept. 10, according to The Associated Press. The assemblage has astir 15,000 students and 5,000 module and unit connected campus.
The assemblage reported 159 progressive COVID-19 cases, with 124 pupil cases and 35 module and unit cases, according to the latest update connected the school’s dashboard. The week before, 40 students and unit had tested positive.
The existent spike surpasses the erstwhile precocious of 141 cases successful September 2020, erstwhile astir 1,200 radical connected with the field were quarantined, according to NBC News.
“Liberty University has been dutifully monitoring the COVID-19 pandemic and its interaction connected campus. As a effect to the accrued rates, Liberty University has made the determination to enact a impermanent mitigation period,” according to an announcement connected the university’s website.
Liberty University started the autumn semester past week without vaccine requirements, masking guidelines, distancing protocols, oregon capableness limits successful buildings.
On Thursday, the assemblage changed its protocols by enacting the quarantine, moving classes online, and suspending ample indoor gatherings, the AP reported. Outdoor events volition proceed arsenic scheduled, and worship services volition determination to the stadium. Indoor eating locations volition supply a takeout enactment and grow outdoor seating
“The assemblage volition proceed to promote societal hygiene practices that assistance successful reducing the dispersed of disease, including carnal distancing and wearing a mask,” according to the announcement. “The assemblage volition besides beryllium announcing upcoming vaccine clinics to beryllium offered connected campus.”