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UE Lays Out Plan for Isolating and Quarantining Students on Campus

University of Evansville leaders are busy at work preparing for Covid-19 cases as students return to campus. And students were masking up and social distancing already on Wednesday, Aug. 26th as they started the fall semester in person.

Posted: Aug 26, 2020 5:28 PM
Updated: Aug 26, 2020 6:13 PM

The University of Evansville's campus is now buzzing with activity for the start of the fall semester after being quiet for months.

"I haven't been here since December and it feels so nice to be back here with my friends,” said UE student Crayton Chestnut.

But the pandemic is still effecting student life, with some international students stuck at home and greek life recruitment numbers down due to financial worries.

While organizations still able to meet are trying to take safety seriously.

"When we have meetings and everything like that we social distance -- take temperature checks and really try and space out,” said AOII president Julia Angermeier.

If student does test positive for Covid-19, university officials have worked out a plan to allow them to stay on campus and self-isolate. The cafeteria staff will even deliver meals to them in their dorms.

"If they're close, obviously they can go back home,” said UE president Chris Pietruszkiewicz. “But we have students from fifty different states. And so we recognize that traveling with symptoms is very very difficult. So we have created quarantine and isolation stations all across campus so that we can house students who are feeling sick -- so they don't spread it to their classmates."

And UE students are pleading for their fellow classmates to follow the safety guidelines in place, including wearing their masks.

"Please wear them,” said student Sydney Bachman. “Because if we all work together and wear them maybe we will be able to stay on campus longer and maybe things will be able to go back to normal hopefully sometime soon."

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