COVID-19 concerns prompt Lebanon Valley College to end in-person classes and send students home
With more students testing positive for COVID-19[FEMALE[FEMININE Executives at Lebanon Valley College have announced that they will end face-to-face classes on Saturday and switch entirely to online learning.
The closure will be effective at 4 p.m. that day.
“We have been fortunate to have continued in-person learning so far this semester, but worsening data trends for counties, states and campuses are cause for concern,” university officials said. . “There has been an increase in the number of tests administered to members of the campus community and some recent positive results.
“While there is no crystal ball to project the future, there is significant evidence that we should deal with the situation before an outbreak occurs on campus,” they said.
Classes will go fully online on November 9. Resident students, other than those with special exemptions, must vacate campus residences by 4:00 p.m. Saturday.
According to the college, 70 students on campus have been tested for COVID-19 since classes began in August. One student tested positive for the virus and four were awaiting test results on Sunday. There were three positives among students tested off campus with test results pending.
Forty-nine students were either in quarantine or self-isolating on campus, the school reported, while 59 others were doing so off campus.
State health officials say more than 200,000 people across Pennsylvania have tested positive for COVID-19 and nearly 8,800 deaths have been attributed to the virus.