It is no surprise that more people in Eau Claire County are testing positive for the coronavirus. After all, nearly 11 thousand students showed-up on campus this month.
Eau Claire’s city-county health department yesterday reported 36 new positive tests. Many of them are from university students. What does that mean for the semester? A growing number of students at UW-Eau Claire are betting on a short-start to the fall semester. Students say they don’t think in-person classes at the school will last much longer because of the coronavirus. UW-Eau Claire says nearly 200 students are quarantined because they’ve tested positive for the coronavirus, or have been in contact with someone who has.
The new tests bring Eau Claire County to 977 positive tests since March. The health department says nearly 800 of those 977 people have fully recovered.
From one campus to another, it’s not a lockdown at UW-Madison, but it’s close. UW-Madison Chancellor Rebecca Blank yesterday said all students living in the school’s dorms should severely limit in-person interaction and restrict their movement.
Blank said outside of going to class, getting food, attending church, or doing something by themselves, all students should stay in their dorm rooms. Blank also ordered new closures for two-weeks that all but lock down non-classroom activities. Blank says the orders are necessary to fight a spike in positive coronavirus tests.