Liberty University announces continued drop in COVID-19 cases

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LYNCHBURG, Va. (WFXR) – For the second straight week, Liberty University has announced that the total number of active cases of COVID-19 has dropped.

As of Wednesday, Sept. 22, the university’s dashboard indicates 71 total active cases that involve 53 students and 18 faculty and staff.

Meanwhile, the dashboard also reports 214 on-campus students, 137 commuters, and 68 employees are either in quarantine or instructed to quarantine as of Wednesday. This is a significant drop from the week before, when 576 on-campus students were in quarantine while 257 commuters and 87 employees were instructed to quarantine.

However, Liberty officials say the university’s annex for students in quarantine is at 20. The bed capacity for the annex is 500.

“On September 8, a new workplace safety rule went into effect — having been rapidly adopted by Virginia’s Department of Labor and Industry (DOLI) and signed by Governor Ralph Northam on August 30. It mandates that all employers require all their employees to wear facemasks while working indoors in certain areas of the state with high COVID-19 transmission levels. In areas of lower transmission, fully vaccinated employees are permitted to unmask — but not the unvaccinated workers. Liberty University is, and has been, in full compliance with all COVID-19 mandates from Richmond. As such, our employees were directed to mask up and have done so, putting us in compliance with these statewide mandates sent by Governor Northam.”

Scott Lamb, Liberty University’s Senior Vice President of Communications

Liberty University’s COVID-19 dashboard also shows that, over the last week, the college has largely seen lower new cases of students and staff.

Liberty University’s COVID-19 dashboard as of Sept. 22, 2021. (Photo: Courtesy Liberty University)

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