University of Wyoming keeps campus locked down for five more days
The University of Wyoming extended its pause of in-person classes until at least Monday.
September 10, 2020
he University of Wyoming extended its pause of in-person classes until at least Monday so it could “gather additional data about the prevalence of COVID-19 infection among the UW community,” the school announced Wednesday afternoon.
“While we continue to detect new cases — which is worrisome — the pause has enabled us to effectively slow the spread of the virus,” UW President Ed Seidel said in a statement announcing the extension. “That provides some encouragement for our ability to resume our fall return plan, but only if what happened over Labor Day weekend does not result in a spike in cases.”
Seidel initially hit the pause button on the school’s phased reopening plan last week, after the school confirmed five positive, symptomatic cases within a single day — a previously established trigger. That pause expired Wednesday afternoon; in the hours before the pause extension was announced, the university reported 70 active cases associated with the UW community, only 14 of which are on campus. Fifty-three other students have the virus currently, along with three UW employees.
One hundred thirty people associated with UW are currently on a 14-day quarantine, per university data. Twenty-three of those are quarantining on campus.
This second delay, which will keep classes online and campus locked down for another five days, “is necessary for UW leaders to receive and analyze results from its on-campus testing program and external providers to understand the level of COVID-19 transmission over the Labor Day weekend,” the school’s statement said.