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AP — West Virginia University on Monday pushed back the start of its fall semester by a week and is switching some courses to online instruction due to concerns about the coronavirus outbreak. WVU had a fall enrollment of nearly 27, students in Morgantown. If that were to happen, it would escalate the probability that all classes would move to online only, he said.
Gee said the move-in dates for residence halls will now occur from Aug. The move-in date for university-operated apartments is Aug. Gee said some professional programs might have alternative start dates, while most upper-division undergraduate courses will transition to online or a combination of online and face-to-face instruction.
Gee said the decision does not include the Beckley and Keyser campuses, which will return as scheduled on Aug. Courses that are part of an online degree program also will start on that date. WVU students must undergo a virus test before starting classes on campus and complete a virus education course. Masks or face coverings must be worn on campus.
The university still plans to close the Morgantown campus on Nov. Statewide the of reported positive cases has doubled in the past month to 6, The of active cases grew to a record 1, on Monday. There have been at least deaths, including three reported Monday: a year old woman from Wyoming County, an year old woman from Mineral County and a year old woman from Brooke County. Jim Justice said at a news conference Monday that 20 people at the Princeton Health Care Center recently tested West Virginia (WV for the virus.
Department of Health and Human Resources Secretary Bill Crouch said that since March, the nursing home has had confirmed cases involving 12 patients and 19 staff. He said people at the nursing home were tested late last week and 54 tests are pending.
In Charleston, officials on Monday announced a dozen positive virus cases involving city employees, including five in the fire department, three each in the police and refuse departments and one in parks and recreation. West Virginia now has confirmed virus cases in all 55 counties. State health officials reported the first case in Doddridge County on Saturday and a second case Sunday. For most people, the coronavirus causes mild or moderate symptoms that clear up within weeks.
But for others, especially older adults and people with existing health problems, the virus can cause severe symptoms and be fatal. The vast majority of people recover. West Virginia Univ. West Virginia University students will face penalties and discipline if they fail to get tested for the coronavirus and complete a COVID education course before returning to campus next month, the university said Tuesday, July 21, Connect with the definitive source for global and local news.
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