Liberty University Imposes Campus-Wide Quarantine

Via press release from Liberty University:

As part of its ongoing monitoring of positive COVID-19 rates on campus as well as active community cases and local hospital capacity, Liberty University administration announced on Thursday that it is enacting a temporary mitigation period from Aug. 30-Sept. 10.

The university is making adjustments to campus operations during this time, which are designed to dial down opportunities for indoor contact. All residential classes will switch to an online platform and all large indoor gatherings have been suspended during this period.

The modifications are intended to slow the spread of the virus and maintain a safe and healthy campus environment while the institution continues to act responsibly as a community partner in battling the pandemic.

The Hill reports:

There are 159 known active cases of the coronavirus at Liberty, according to the Lynchburg, Va. college’s COVID-19 tracker, the highest number since last September when 141 individuals tested positive for the virus.

Masks and social distancing are encouraged on campus, but not required for either students or faculty. Free vaccines clinics will also be coming to the school, although the vaccine is also not required.

Liberty took criticism last year when it welcomed back students on campus following spring break, when most other schools had already canceled the rest of the in-person school year over the rising pandemic.