WVU notifies students posted online for bars; Justice closes the bars of Monongalia
As photos circulate of young people lining up to enter bars in Morgantown, West Virginia University leaders express their deep dismay.
“To say I’m disappointed would be an understatement,” said university president E. Gordon Gee.
About an hour after this statement, Governor Jim Justice announced that he would once again be closing bars in Monongalia County. He said state officials spoke to bar owners in the county and tried to warn them.
“What do we do? Boom, right off the bat. We have people standing above the people. We don’t have masks,” the governor said.
So Justice said, “4 am today the bars are closed.”
Gee wrote in a statement that some students were expected to visit the bars when they reopen. But what disappointed the president was the lack of adherence to safety protocols – including not wearing a mask or following physical distancing guidelines.
He called it “a blatant disregard for the safety of our community, both the campus community and the town of Morgantown.”
Gee said he is proud of the students, faculty and staff who are taking care during the coronavirus pandemic.
“But, as always, it’s the actions of a few that bring negative attention to our university,” Gee said.
“However, in this time of a global pandemic, those same actions lead to more than unwanted headlines and shame on social media. These actions will have serious consequences, including further spread of COVID-19 in the community and the closure of a learning environment on campus. “
We are disappointed that students ignore national and local protocols to distance themselves and congregate in bars. It is essential that we come together as a university to keep our community safe. We are not doing our best. We must do better.@gordongeeletter from: https://t.co/91IEL0bhRg pic.twitter.com/sMQCybFCvi
– WVU mountaineers (@WestVirginiaU) September 2, 2020
Meanwhile, the county superintendent is concerned about how the spread of the coronavirus among college students will affect the upcoming K-12 school year.
Monongalia County Superintendent Eddie Campbell said he had seen photos on social media, which gave him growing cause for concern as the local public school system was on the verge of collapse. distance learning.
Immediately after a special board meeting on Tuesday night, “I was getting text messages with photos of the bar situation,” Campbell said.
“We said from the start of this pandemic that the biggest problem for us and what scared us the most is our ability to get kids back to school, to play sports and to do the things the kids should be doing. to do was the situation at the University of West Virginia. Campbell said today on MetroNews’ Talkline.
Monongalia County, where the University of West Virginia is located, is one of several counties depicted in orange on a state map to illustrate the community spread of the coronavirus. Others include Kanawha, Fayette, Logan, and Mingo.
If counties are marked in orange at 9 p.m. on Saturday, they could not start school with classroom learning and instead would have to adopt distance plans at the start of the school year on September 8. One county, Monroe, is highlighted in red, indicating an immediate end to classroom instruction.
The average number of positive daily Monongalia cases, adjusted per 100,000 population, is 18.2.
For WVU, the latest idle results appear to show an increasing number of cases since students showed up on campus.
Out of 260 tests among the students reported on Tuesday, 35 were positive for a positivity rate of 13.46%.
On Sunday, out of 136 student tests reported, 27 were positive for a positivity rate of 19.85%.
On Friday, out of 144 student tests reported, 16 were positive for a positivity rate of 11.11%.
There are fewer students being tested today than when the mass testing took place a few weeks ago, just when they started to come back.
In another press release released today, officials at the University of West Virginia expressed concern that some students were violating the mandatory quarantine.
“The University has also been made aware of students who have broken their mandatory quarantine, which is a violation of the student code of conduct,” officials said.
“It is essential for the safety of others that those in quarantine are not with others during this time.”
Campbell wants WVU numbers removed from data that affects the opening of public schools in the coming weeks.
But right now, what happens at the university affects the status of local schools.
“The situation at WVU with the number of students who are in quarantine who have contracted covid-19 is the reason we will not be able to open the school on Tuesday,” Campbell said.