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Chico State taking precautions as coronavirus spreads in U.S.

Chico State is clearing out 2 units of on-campus housing to be used for students to self-quarantine.

Posted: Mar 10, 2020 12:37 PM
Updated: Mar 13, 2020 11:39 AM

CHICO, Calif. - There was word that after spring break Chico State University would switch to online classes in wake of coronavirus concerns.

Campus officials said as of now classes are still meeting in person.

The two bottom rooms are going to be the isolation quarters, according to Chico State spokesperson Sean Murphy.

Media Relations Coordinator Sean Murphy says the campus has no plans to cancel classes or switch to online classes. But there is talk about contingency plans.

Tuesday morning, a full-time emergency operations center opened, which used to be part-time. And university officials are meeting to discuss possible impacts of a campus shutdown.

“This is such a rapidly moving situation it's evolving by the hour it seems like – but as of now things are as they are, classes are being taught in person but could things change tomorrow absolutely,” Murphy said.

Murphy told Action News Now they take lead from Butte County Public Health. So if they say the campus needs to close or adjust classes they will do that.

As a precaution, Chico State is clearing out 2 units of on-campus housing to be used for students to self-quarantine.

As of Tuesday, there are no known cases of the Coronavirus at the school.

Murphy says no students have come forward yet to say they would like to self-quarantine.

The more than 30 students who lived in the Konkow Hall units will move temporarily into vacant spaces at other dorms. KonKow Hall was chosen because they are more self-contained units, similar to apartments - they have bathrooms, a kitchen, and a living area.

Connie Huyck, the Director of University Housing says the space will be cleaned out and ready to use by this weekend.

She says the move comes as a proactive step in case the Coronavirus becomes a problem on campus. The university has created a web page dedicated to coronavirus information and updates regarding student health, travel, and campus preparedness. Click Here

RELATED: Butte County declares local emergency and local public health emergency in response to COVID-19

There are currently no positive cases of coronavirus/COVID-19 in Butte County per @BC_PubHealth. We’ve created a website for info & updates on the University's preparations and response: https://t.co/bBghDJog6z

— Chico State (@ChicoState) March 9, 2020

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