Western ceases non-academic activities due to COVID outbreak

Cheryl Sanders
September 21, 2020

Elon University COVID-19 Alert Level is now in Level 2, or moderate alert level, after 21 student-athletes tested positive for the coronavirus. This means the majority of classes with over 50 students will continue to meet online for the rest of the semester.

In consultation with Prince George's County health officials, university officials are asking remaining Denton Hall residents to restrict their activities and practice enhanced social distancing.

Of the 11 new cases announced Thursday, ten were Western students and one attended Fanshawe College.

Western University is halting some campus activities after 28 students have tested positive for COVID-19 as the London-area reports its largest one-day jump in cases in more than five weeks.

The outbreak among post-secondary students fuelled the London-area's highest back-to-back days of new cases since the height of the pandemic in mid-April.

Access to libraries and several other buildings are also now restricted.

Before the spike in student COVID-19 cases, Western had a plan to lock down the campus should a second wave of the virus hit. It says some classes may rely more on remote instruction if too many students or their instructor are in quarantine.

Since peaking on September 6, the seven-day moving average for students testing positive has dropped 74.5 percent, according to an analysis of the JMU COVID-19 dashboard.

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