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University of Colorado Boulder to go online amid virus spike

Associated Press logoAssociated Press 9/21/2020

BOULDER, Colo. (AP) — The University of Colorado Boulder has announced that all classes will be fully online for at least two weeks starting Wednesday to limit the spread of COVID-19, as cases increase among students.

The university has recorded an increasing number of infections with 765 confirmed COVID-19 cases as of Saturday, including 457 newly confirmed cases last week, the Daily Camera reported.

Chancellor Phil DiStefano said moving all classes online will continue a “downward trend” in cases.

“Your collective effort to comply with the student self-quarantine period is helping us bend the curve in our favor,” DiStefano said.

Students who violate guidelines will receive immediate 10-day suspensions.

“The risks to our broader community are too great, and COVID-19 spreads too easily, for any further noncompliance with public health measures to go without immediate consequences," he said.

County health officials recommended last week that all students quarantine for two weeks, with exceptions for attending in-person classes and other essential services after the semester began with a mix of in person, online and hybrid courses.

The number of infections is thought to be far higher because many people have not been tested, and studies suggest people can be infected with the virus without feeling sick.

For most people, the coronavirus causes mild or moderate symptoms, such as fever and cough that clear up in two to three weeks. For some — especially older adults and people with existing health problems — it can cause more severe illness, including pneumonia, and death.

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