With new state-wide restrictions in effect as of Friday night, Eastern Kentucky University has decided to move all classes online starting on Monday, Nov. 23 due to the surge in COVID-19 cases in the state and on campus.
“The state of Kentucky is experiencing an unprecedented surge in COVID-19 infections, attributable to the increase in indoor activities and individual choices to disregard basic health recommendations,” EKU President David McFaddin said in an email.
As of Nov. 20, there are 100 active cases at EKU which brings the total of cases to 404. The EKU COVID-19 Dashboard can be found here.
McFaddin credited the EKU community for doing their part to slow down the spread of the virus by wearing masks and social distancing.
“Our EKU community has done a remarkable job of wearing masks, maintaining distance, practicing good hygiene, and staying home when ill. These measures have allowed us to sustain in-person instruction, permit limited and carefully planned events, and enjoy healthy interactions with each other,” McFaddin said.
Although everyone on campus has taken measures to stay safe, the number of COVID-19 cases has steadily climbed to a rate that was cause for concern. Governor Andy Beshear has announced that all in-person public and private school classes along with university classes will cease beginning Monday, Nov. 23.
“Despite your responsible behavior, conditions off campus affect our ability to keep our community healthy. For that reason, the Governor has asked us to move to remote courses beginning Monday of next week,” McFaddin said.
Students and professors should brace themselves for online learning this next week. Final exams will be taken remotely following the Colonels Comeback Plan.
McFaddin thanked everyone who did their best to stay safe as well as protect others on campus by following the rules and regulations.
“Thank you for helping us operate this semester and for making our mission a priority, even at the cost of personal preferences and important activities,” McFaddin said.