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Liberty University goes virtual, suspends large events as virus spreads

FILE - Aerial view of Liberty University in Lynchburg, Virginia. (Credit: Sky13)
FILE - Aerial view of Liberty University in Lynchburg, Virginia. (Credit: Sky13)
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Liberty University is stepping up COVID-19 restrictions as it works to mitigate the spread of the virus on campus.

While the additional, temporary measures won't take effect until Monday, the university said they will remain in place through Sept. 10.

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In a statement on the new restrictions, Liberty University said it is making adjustments to campus operations to reduce indoor contact.

“We are taking the necessary steps and actions to lighten the burden to our medical service providers, the local hospital resources, and to do our part to keep our community safe,” said Keith Anderson, executive director of Liberty’s Student Health Center and Wellness Initiatives.

All residential classes are switching to online and all large indoor gatherings are suspended during the temporary restrictions, the university said.

For more information on the temporary adjustments being made at Liberty University, click here.

Liberty University currently has 159 active cases of COVID-19, with 492 students, faculty and staff told to quarantine, according to the university's COVID-19 dashboard.

“We understand the severity of the pandemic and desire to act swiftly to ensure the health and safety of our campus. Through collective collaboration with our on-campus partners, Central Virginia Family Physicians, and our Liberty University Health & Wellness professionals, we are attending to our asymptomatic and symptomatic campus members as quickly and thoroughly as possible," Anderson said.

Liberty University said it would be announcing free upcoming vaccine clinics on campus soon.

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Outdoor events, including the Sept. 4 football game against Campbell, will go forward as planned.

Liberty’s Williams Stadium will also be used to host the Convocations and Campus Community worship services that are temporarily moved from the indoor Vines Center.

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