Several Local Colleges Hope to Maintain In-Person Classes Until Thanksgiving

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Several local colleges are hoping to keep the number of COVID-19 cases low enough to continue holding in-person classes until Thanksgiving. Image via The Philadelphia Inquirer.

Several local colleges are hoping to keep the number of COVID-19 cases low enough to continue holding in-person classes until Thanksgiving, writes Susan Snyder for The Philadelphia Inquirer.

After the holiday, the majority plan to switch to remote instructions for the remainder of the semester.

St. Joseph’s University had a close call earlier in the semester when it asked over 100 members of a sorority to enter quarantine after some of them tested positive for the virus. The school had as many as 59 cases at one point in the summer, but it managed to contain the spread and had reduced that number to 19 last week.

Now, St. Joseph’s president Mark C. Reed is “cautiously optimistic” that the school will continue until the holiday without having to alter its operations.

Ursinus College is also holding steady with in-person instruction.

“Things have gone better than expected,” said Mark Schneider, Ursinus dean.

The school has recorded 22 cases of COVID-19 altogether. Last week, there was one active case and no new cases.

Haverford College is another school doing well in this regard, with only five recorded cases throughout the semester.

Read more about the local colleges’ plans at The Philadelphia Inquirer by clicking here.

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