Liberty U recommends some students break quarantine for ‘exercise and sunshine’


LYNCHBURG, Va. (WFXR) — Liberty University leaders held a press conference Wednesday to discuss COVID-19 on campus, among other topics.

University President Jerry Prevo left before taking any questions about the pandemic on Wednesday, Sept. 23, but WFXR News did speak with the Executive Director of Student Health and Wellness, Dr. Keith Anderson.

WFXR News asked him about quarantine, specifically about why some students under quarantine are being asked to pick up meals from Reber Thomas Dining Hall and if that defeats the purpose of quarantine.

“It’s not if the CDC recommends that even those in quarantine get exercise, daily exercise and sunshine,” said Anderson, “so it’s beneficial to get out of your room.”

He then specified that it applies to quarantined students without symptoms and that students under quarantine who tested positive have their meals catered.

He also said that if the student body reached a five-percent positive rate, campus would close for two weeks and move to online learning.

The latest update of the COVID-19 Dashboard on Liberty’s website indicates that the overall positivity rate is currently listed at 0.59-percent and the percentage of residential students with active cases is shown to be 0.89-percent.

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