Roanoke College down to two active COVID cases as more than 400 students expected to return to campus over the weekend

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SALEM, Va. (WFXR) — Roanoke College President Mike Maxey informed the campus community Friday that the college is down to two active coronavirus cases, adding that he is “optimistic about the semester ahead, knowing we have many students who will be returning to campus.”

According to Roanoke College’s coronavirus dashboard, during the week of Friday, Sept. 4, through Thursday, Sept. 10, only two students of the 76 students and staff members tested came back positive, which is markedly lower than the 23 students and staff members who tested positive among the 55 who were tested in total the week before.

“Today, September 11, there are two active COVID-19 cases at Roanoke College,” Maxey said in his statement on Friday, Sept. 11. “This is good news.”

As of Friday, Maxey says a total of 403 students are expected to return, which will bring the number of students living in residence halls up near 1,100 by Sunday, Sept. 13. However, approximately 800 other students are reportedly living off campus, which may be nearby for some, but means back home for many others.

Roanoke College says all students returning to campus over the weekend will be tested. In addition, as more people arrive on campus, members of the college community are encouraged to continue practicing the following guidelines:

  • Wear a mask at all times except in residence halls
  • Stay six feet apart
  • Maintain health vigilance
  • Avoid all parties and large gatherings

“I am counting on all of you to remain vigilant throughout the semester and safely take advantage of all the ways we can connect, have fun and support each other,” said Maxey.

You can read Maxey’s full letter — complete with upcoming activities on campus that can keep students entertained while also keeping them safe, as well as campus resources for anyone with questions or concerns about these uncertain times — by clicking here.

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