by ISAIAH COLE
With Ohio Gov. Mike Dewine declaring a state of emergency for the Coronavirus (now known as COVID-19), many universities are taking action to stop the spread and threat of the virus.
The virus has infected more than 115,000 people, and killed over 4,000 people worldwide. 1,000 of the confirmed cases have occurred in the US. There are currently 4 confirmed cases in Ohio.
Tiffin University President Dr. Lillian Schumacher, emailed students, staff and faculty Tuesday to inform them of the actions the university will take moving forward.
In a statement from Tiffin University, “In response to the recent confirmed cases of the Coronavirus in the United States, and the state of Ohio, Tiffin University, in consultation with state and local officials, has established a plan to protect its students, employees, visitors and the Tiffin community against any possible threats of the virus, likely or unlikely.”
School officials have decided to move classes online, following suit with other universities, such as Ohio State, Kent State, Miami and Toledo.
“Tiffin University will continue all classes through an online modality effective Wednesday, March 11. Please note, this change will remain in effect until Sunday, March 29, unless notified otherwise.”
Students must still complete all online work tasked by professors. The staff is going through normal operations until further notice.
by ANJALEIGH HART
The Coronavirus has begun to spread throughout the entire world and has left a trail behind. This past week alone several countries have gone into complete shutdown, including Italy and China. Both countries have had an increase in confirmed cases this past week which led to the shutdowns.
America has also begun having its own shutdowns. By Monday, eight states total had announced that they were in a state of emergency. More have followed suit and have begun to announce state of emergency, which has resulted in schools shutting down country wide.
On Monday, Governor Mike DeWine of Ohio officially announced that Ohio was one of the states going into a state of emergency. By Tuesday, there were three confirmed cases of the Coronavirus in Cuyahoga county, and that all three patients and the immediate people they had come into contact to were being put into quarantine.
Ohio State University was the first college in Ohio to move to online classes until further notice. Several other large colleges, including Kent State University, followed suit on Tuesday and then a flood of colleges began to also switch to online.
Yesterday, Tiffin University announced that they would be participating in the shutdown, and that all classes would move to online starting March 11 and will not resume until March 29.
President Schumacher sent out the email late in the afternoon, and many were taken off guard once the announcement was made. Student workers in different positions were either given the option to continue to work or to not continue to work.
Earlier today, the World Health Organization released a statement that the Coronavirus, also known as COVID-19, is officially a pandemic. They announced that the COVID-19 can be spread to not only humans, but also animals are susceptible to the virus.
America is attempting to stay ahead of the virus and the announcements as they continue to flood the media.
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