Lehigh University pushes back next semester, cancels spring break amid COVID concerns

Written by on October 9, 2020

Lehigh University pushes back next semester, cancels spring break amid COVID concerns

By Gabi Falk, WLVR News Lehigh University Intern

October 9, 2020

Lehigh University is pushing back the spring semester amid COVID concerns. The school’s provost announced this afternoon that the next term, originally scheduled to begin Jan. 25, will now start Feb. 1. 

Spring break has been canceled as well to encourage students to remain on campus in an effort to limit the spread of COVID-19.

Lehigh has seen a spike in positive coronavirus cases among students living on and off campus recently. More than 150 students have tested positive for the virus. 

University officials say they anticipate testing will be required prior to arrival for the spring semester.

The news follows another announcement this week that the school is closing its campus to off-site students, with most programs going fully virtual. 

New coronavirus numbers released Friday by the Pa. health department show nearly 1,400 new cases in the state. It’s the highest single day count since April. 

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