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Falwell calls LU employee’s COVID-19 claim “false”

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LYNCHBURG, Va. (WFXR) — During a phone interview with WFXR News, Liberty University President Jerry Falwell, Jr. spoke up about the university employee who reported testing positive for COVID-19.

Hundreds of Liberty University employees are working from home this week in a coronavirus scare that Falwell says is not true.

Between 200 and 300 employees at a Lynchburg financial services center on Wards Road were reportedly sent to work from home starting Wednesday, March 25. Liberty University reached out to those employees to say an employee had reported testing positive for coronavirus.

While the Virginia Department of Health (VDH) has yet to comment on this report, Falwell told WFXR News that VDH investigated and that “We think it’s a false report.”

Falwell says Liberty already scrubbed the building and had dozens of employees working from home before this report came out. In addition, Falwell says many of the employees will be back in the building — although working farther apart from each other than normal — on Friday, March 27.

According to Falwell, the employee who reported testing positive will likely be terminated and making a false coronavirus report should be a crime.

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