Lehigh University is extending campus closures following a spike in COVID cases

Written by on October 9, 2020

Lehigh University is extending campus closures following a spike in COVID cases

Tyler Pratt

October 9, 2020

Credit: Lehigh University website

Nearly 150 students at Lehigh University have now tested positive for COVID-19. In response, the school is extending campus closures.

Beginning Friday, students living at the university are being urged not to leave except to return home, for emergencies or for health-related needs.

Off-campus students are not permitted on-site – except for the Health and Wellness Center. The university says more testing will be required next week for the faculty, students and staff. Lehigh has already scaled back school activities, including limiting all gatherings to five people. Nearly all classes have shifted to remote instruction, and dining halls are takeout only. Freshmen are the only full class on campus this semester.

The news follows the Pa. Department of Health’s announcement Thursday that there are nearly 1,400 new confirmed cases in the state and that the hospitalization rate is rising. 

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