Students will use the distance learning model for two weeks and in-person learning is scheduled to resume on Sept. 21. Classes on campus began in-person on Aug. 17
The statement said residential students should remain on campus during this time unless they’ve been asked to go home to isolate or quarantine.
“This is consistent with guidance from Governor DeWine and national coronavirus expert Dr. Anthony Fauci,” the statement said.
Campus offices, Center Dining Room and other dining services, Thomas Library, and the Health, Wellness and Athletics Complex will all remain open. All student organizations can also continue to meet as planned while utilizing all health and safety protocols, the statement said.
According to the statement, the decision to move to remote learning was made by the COVID Response Team with full support from President Frandsen, senior staff and the Clark County Combined Health District.
The response team called the decision to move remote, “difficult, yet prudent.”
“All the members of the COVID Response Team recognize that this decision may cause disruption and even some frustration,” the statement said.
Despite remote learning, the response team is asking those on campus to continue to follow all health protocols including wearing a face covering both inside and outside, staying at least six-feet apart from others at all times, engaging in good personal hygiene, monitoring health daily and limiting gatherings to 10 people or less.
In order to get a better understanding of the spread of COVID-19 on campus, Wittenberg will hold a free mass testing pop-up clinic from 10 a.m. until 3 p.m. on Wednesday at the university’s Health, Wellness and Athletics facility, Cindy Holbrook, senior communications assistant at Wittenberg said.
“The event will be managed by the Ohio National Guard,” Holbrook said.
The clinic will offer a free COVID-19 test to any student, facility or staff member who wants one, Holbrook said. Results from tests will be available within a week.
53: Active COVID-19 cases at Wittenberg University
22: Awaiting test COVID-19 results at Wittenberg University
1,527: Total COVID-19 cases in Clark County
Source: Wittenberg University COVID-19 data