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Virtual start to semester at Lock Haven

Lock Haven University will begin teaching in person during the second week of the semester.

LOCK HAVEN, PA – Calm reigns on the Lock Haven University campus. It will remain that way through the first week of spring. The university recently announced that classes will begin roughly due to the ongoing pandemic.

“If we reduce the population density on campus for the first week, we are more likely to survive the campus infection,” said Ron Darbo, dean of Lock Haven University.

The semester starts on January 24th. Students and faculty will return to campus the following week for personal instruction. The university requires students who live on campus to take the test. However, the school would like all students to take the test when they return.

“On Mondays, Tuesdays and Wednesdays, we encourage the campus community to come out for testing so we can get a sense of where the infection rate is on campus,” Darbo added.

Lock Haven University has developed its own response team. As the virus continues to spread, the university has plans to protect its students and faculty.

“As soon as we hear about something positive, whether that is someone who has been identified during a routine surveillance testing event or a self-report, we immediately contact that student and all of their close contacts,” said Jessica Abernathy, COVID. 19 – Coordinator of the response team at the college.

Hand sanitizers and masks will be provided to those on campus. The university says its in-house mask mandate will continue through the spring.

“What we’re asking is that people don’t use cloth masks at least themselves,” Darbo said. “We welcome them to have KF-94 and a cloth mask.”

Officials at Lock Haven University told Newswatch 16 that they plan to equip every faculty member and student with KF-94 masks when they return to campus.

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