In December 2019 in Wuhan, China an unknown virus began to spread throughout the country, subsequently through others in Europe and eventually the world. This virus would be known as COVID-19 or simply under the umbrella name of “Coronavirus.”
“Coronaviruses are a large family of viruses which may cause illness in animals or humans. In humans, several coronaviruses are known to cause respiratory infections ranging from the common cold to more severe diseases such as Middle East Respiratory Syndrome (MERS) and Severe Acute Respiratory Syndrome (SARS). The most recently discovered coronavirus causes coronavirus disease COVID-19,” according to the World Health Organization.
According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, symptoms include fever, cough and shortness of breath. Symptoms can show anywhere between two to 14 days of being exposed to the virus. The virus is spread by close contact up to six feet and respiratory droplets produced from sneezing or coughing. The most at-risk populations are older adults and people with pre-existing and chronic health conditions like heart disease, diabetes and lung disease.
Oklahoma has recently been found to have confirmed cases of the virus. As of March 10, the Oklahoma State Department of Health has confirmed one case with 11 other tests pending according to their website. 15 tests have been confirmed negative, while one currently pending test was presumed to come back positive. Local news sources have confirmed that it has, but the OSDH has not updated their records to date.
Organizations all over the state have begun to cancel large events like NBA games, concerts, collegiate and high school level sporting events and more.
Other universities like the University of Oklahoma, Oklahoma State University, University of Tulsa, University of Central Oklahoma and others have extended spring breaks, and moved classes to online for an indefinite amount of time for the semester.
On March 13, President Turner released a statement confirming that classes will continue online for two weeks after spring break. All campuses will remain open and operational for students who would like to stay on campus during this time. All public events have been cancelled or postponed. Students will need to check with their individual organizations and departments for further details.
On March 16, the State Department of Education announced that all schools kindergarten through twelfth grade will be closed until April 6 or further notice. Cherokee Nation has followed suit closing all casinos through March 31.
As of March 24, President Turner has announced that the remainder of the spring 2020 semester will continue online. There has been no announcement of housing or campus closings for the semester. Currently, housing is closed to any students that left the campus for spring break, but exceptions are being considered on a case by case basis.
Due to the ongoing and changing nature of this event, the Northeastern will continue to update this story as often as needed, as well as continuing to update on the effects of these decisions. Check back frequently for the most recent updates regarding NSU and COVID-19.
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