Task force recommends three Idaho universities move to online classes

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)

Tags: ,