The Idaho Statesman reports the White House Coronavirus Task Force has recommended three Idaho colleges, including the University of Idaho, move instruction online in response to elevated levels of COVID-19 in nearby communities.
The task force recommended closing colleges in Latah, Madison and Ada counties, which are home to the UI, Brigham Young University – Idaho and Boise State University.
The Statesman reported Idaho has a rate of 195 new cases per 100,000 people for the week of Sept. 26, making it eighth-highest rate in the country. The UI reported 116 positive tests that same week, with many cases tied to a rise in cases among on-campus Greek organizations.
Last week, the UI announced it would test its entire student population for a second time following the spike among fraternities and sororities. During that time, instructors have been given authority to choose whether to deliver class in person or online.
U of I officials say the school will continue with the strategy and decide how to move forward once test results are returned by the end of this week. (Lewiston Tribune, Idaho Satesman)