University of Lynchburg issues ‘Alert Level 2’ as five COVID-19 cases involve students


LYNCHBURG, Va. (WFXR) – The University of Lynchburg has triggered an “Alert Level 2” as five COVID-19 cases among students are being reported.

President of the University of Lynchburg, Dr. Alison Morrison-Shetlar, sent out an email Wednesday confirming that three more active COVID-19 cases among students were reported, which adds to the two new cases reported just one day earlier.

According to the University of Lynchburg, four of the five active cases involve students being on campus.

A total of 21 students are actively in quarantine and another 10 are in on-campus isolation.

The university is expecting to hear the results for another seven suspected cases soon.

The University of Lynchburg defines Alert Level 2 as having three or more active positive cases of COVID-19 on campus. Alert Level 2 also means that there are changes that take effect starting at 12 a.m. on Thursday, Aug. 20 and will continue through 12 a.m. on Wednesday, Aug. 26. These changes include:

  • All campus dining options are takeout/delivery only.
  • All classes move to online delivery for one calendar week from Thursday, Aug. 20 through Wednesday, Aug. 26, with the exception of graduate health programs and students in clinical/hospital rotations.
  • All in-person athletics and student organization programming is suspended.
  • All indoor recreational facilities are closed.
  • Residential facilities will remain open.

Dr. Morrison-Shetlar says the university will reassess the situation in one week and will decide on the next steps at that time.

“If we see that the above actions have helped and that the number of positive cases drops back to below three, we may return to Alert Level 1,” Dr. Morrison-Shetlar said on the university’s website.

Dr. Morrisson-Shetlar also encouraged students to remain on campus over the next week.

The University of Lynchburg will consider several factors to determine if residential facilities on campus should be closed and classes be moved online, which include:

  • The University can no longer meet or provide essential functions such as safety, shelter, food service, and cleaning/sanitation.
  • The University is actively quarantining or isolating three-percent of the undergraduate population on campus. The residential student population as of Aug. 19 is approximately 1,300, making the threshold 39 students.
  • The University can no longer deliver courses (hybrid and in-person) safely.
  • The number of positive cases in the greater Lynchburg community grows to a sufficient level so as to endanger the University community.
  • Caseload grows to a level that cannot be adequately served by the University’s Student Health Center staff.

Additional information and announcements will be made throughout the process on the University’s COVID-19 website which can be found by clicking here.

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