August 30, 2021 – Liberty University of Virginia has announced a temporary campus-wide quarantine due to a spike in COVID-19 cases among students and staff.
The quarantine began Monday and is expected to end on September 10, according to the Associated Press. The university has approximately 15,000 students and 5,000 faculty and staff on campus.
The university has reported 159 active COVID-19 cases, with 124 student cases and 35 faculty and staff cases, according to the school’s latest dashboard update. The previous week, 40 students and staff had tested positive.
The current peak exceeds the previous record of 141 cases in September 2020, when nearly 1,200 people linked to the campus were quarantined, according to NBC News.
“The University of Liberty is conscientiously monitoring the COVID-19 pandemic and its impact on campus. In response to the rate hike, Liberty University has made the decision to declare a temporary easing period, ”according to an announcement on the university’s website.
Liberty University started the fall semester last week without vaccine requirements, masking guidelines, distancing protocols, or capacity limits in buildings.
The university on Thursday changed its protocols by ordering quarantine, moving online classes and suspending large indoor gatherings, the AP reported. Outdoor events will continue as scheduled and worship services will move around the stadium. Indoor restaurants will offer a take-out option and expand outdoor seating
“The university will continue to encourage social hygiene practices that help reduce the spread of disease, including physical distancing and wearing a mask,” according to the announcement. “The university will also announce the next vaccination clinics that will be offered on campus. “