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COVID-19 declared a pandemic: FGCU to transition to online classes, urges students who live on campus to return home for two weeks

COVID-19 declared a pandemic: FGCU to transition to online classes, urges students who live on campus to return home for two weeks
Photo Courtesy of Alissa Eckert and Dan Higgins of the CDC.

According to a report released by the State University System of Florida on Wed. March 11 regarding the COVID-19 (Coronavirus) outbreak, all state universities with students currently on campus are encouraged to begin implementing “a process to transition to remote instruction immediately and encourage students to return home for at least two weeks”.

Shortly after the report was released, President Mike Martin sent an email to the FGCU student body stating that the university will transition to online classes for a two-week period, beginning Sun. March 15. All students are encouraged to return home, with on-campus housing remaining open for anyone with “unique circumstances”.

The university will remain open during this period.

Earlier today, the World Health Organization declared Coronavirus a pandemic, or a “worldwide spread of a new disease”. At least 32 people have died in the United States from the virus, including one man in Lee County.

The SUSF also instructed universities, including FGCU, to continue providing “essential services” to students, including dining, health services, and counseling.

You can read the statement from the State University System of Florida here:

State University System Statement on COVID-19

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