Coronavirus in Florida: State universities tell students to stay home


There are no suspected or confirmed cases of COVID-19 on the Southside Bethlehem campus, but medical professionals are advising Lehigh it is prudent to take precautions and assume the virus will reach the campus, university President John D. Simon wrote in a message to the campus Wednesday afternoon.

"This means students should not return to campus following spring break", the page reads. But some meetings and sporting events will continue until further notice.

"That gives us an opportunity to isolate the campus and do a thorough disinfecting", Basi said.

The university will remain open and operational.

Shortly after Lehigh's announcement, Lafayette College in Easton announced Wednesday it is moving to remote teaching and learning from March 23 through April 5.

Marshall will suspend in-person classes next week-March 16-20-to allow faculty to prepare for altered course delivery following Spring Break. caught up with some of the students as they packed up their gear, sometimes with the aid of parents, and talked about what the rest of the semester might look like with online classes scheduled to begin March 16 and spring break to begin a week later. Students who remain on campus should expect to receive instruction remotely.

While the university is encouraging students to return home, not everyone is able to. The university notes that access to the libraries, dining and fitness centers will be extremely limited.

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UM Student Life is working to make alternative housing arrangements for students who need a place to self-quarantine. "We know that some students will stay here and some students will choose to leave".

Instruction will continue online only for all students and faculty.

"Any decision about the Sunday event will be made after Thursday", Lehigh spokeswoman Lori Friedman told

Dietz said Illinois State is attempting to contain or limit any spread of the coronavirus during the pandemic by recommending following the CDC's social distancing guidelines, which include not being within 6 feet of someone for longer than 10 minutes.

The petition, which now has nearly 1,000 signatures, urges officials to cancel classes amid an increase in cases of the novel coronavirus in the D.C. region.

For students who elect to remain on campus, residence halls will be open and food service options will be available.

In addition, CMU has canceled all university-sponsored domestic travel through March 31.

Athletic events will continue "pending the receipt of additional guidance from the NCAA and Big 12 Conference". Washington University in St. Louis suspended in-person classes until the end of April. We have been monitoring developments closely and providing regular updates as the rapidly changing situation evolves.