With COVID-19 cases continuing to rise across the Tri-State, many local colleges and universities are taking action.
Henderson Community College is moving to online classes beginning Monday. During the transition to virtual, all staff will have to make preparations for the rest of the semester. The campus will remain open, but with stricter guidelines.
Meanwhile, Madisonville Community College will do the same. Starting on Monday, classes will be online. "It's going to be a lot harder to learn my type of program and everything they're teaching all online because we're not getting our hands-on experience that we should," says Breanna Reel.
Not only are students fearing they might not be prepared for the upcoming changes, but now they're showing concerns that they could unknowingly bring the virus home for the holidays.
"My grandpa has had two open-heart surgeries, so he has a compromised immune system. Even though I'm healthy and I could probably have the virus and be okay, I'm not sure that he would react the same," says senior Ashton Robertson.
"Not only am I scared, but my family is scared, we've already canceled our Thanksgiving due to the virus," says Breanna Reel.
Students are left to make a choice, either go home for Thanksgiving and risk spreading the virus, or stay back and miss out on going home to their families. "I'm Just trying to protect myself and the others around me," says Robertson.
As concerns grow, some universities are finding ways to help ease anxiety.
The University of Evansville is offering free, rapid-result COVID-19 tests to students returning home for the holidays. The University is offering the free testing kits to students on Monday and students should register for an appointment online. Testing will run through the 25th of this month, for those students returning home. More testing will be made available in Mid-December for winter break.