Colorado State University will remain online for the rest of the spring 2020 semester due to the rapid development of the COVID-19 pandemic, according to an email from University President Joyce McConnell.
The email, sent Monday morning, said University leadership decided to extend online classes past April 10, which was previously set as the reassessment day. The email also asked students living in University housing not to return from spring break immediately to allow Housing & Dining Services time to create a plan, and it assured staff and faculty that they will continue to be paid.
McConnell wrote that the University is working to accommodate students who do not have access to laptops or other necessary technology for online courses at home and is looking for creative solutions.
“I know that every new decision we make raises many questions for all of you,” McConnell wrote. “We will answer them as quickly as we can in the coming days. But I want to emphasize again that public health — your health — is our priority.”
As of 10 a.m. Monday, there are 131 positive cases of COVID-19 in Colorado, according to Fox 31. Larimer County still only has one presumptive positive case, according to the Larimer County Department of Health and Environment.
The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention recommends washing your hands often and avoiding close contact to prevent infection and recommends that people who are already sick stay home, wear face masks and clean and disinfect surfaces daily.
According to National Public Radio’s Morning Edition, it may be difficult to get tested if you believe you have been infected. Companies like Walmart and Walgreens have committed to drive-up testing, but the White House has said those locations will prioritize testing first responders, health care workers and senior citizens.
Those who believe they may have COVID-19 are advised to contact their doctor over the phone or virtually before attempting to get tested, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.
Editor’s note: This article previously stated the University will remain closed for the rest of spring semester. While many buildings on campus are officially closed, this article has been updated to state that University functions will occur online.
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