Lots of colleges and universities are taking measures to deal with this, but ASU has an actual case.

FOX News reports:

Coronavirus case at ASU prompts petition for university to cancel classes

Students at Arizona State University are demanding the cancellation of classes after the nation’s fifth and most recent case of the novel coronavirus was confirmed in Arizona.

The patient involved in the fifth case is a part of the ASU community, according to a news release from the school. It’s not clear if the individual, — who recently traveled to Wuhan, the epicenter of the outbreak — is a student, faculty or staff member, but officials noted the patient “does not live in university housing, is not severely ill and is currently in isolation to keep the illness from spreading.”

Confirmation of the case caused panic at the Tempe university; local drug stores have sold out of surgical masks and students have called for classes to be canceled, reports the student newspaper, The State Press.

“The students of ASU do not feel comfortable attending classes due to the outbreak of the Novel Coronavirus,” the petition, which had more than 21,000 signatures as of this writing, begins. “We do not want to risk our lives by attending class.”

Three students — freshmen Taskina Bhuiyan, Syeda Zainab and Harshita Bellad — created the call to action, telling The State Press it was a “collective idea.”

“I put up the petition at around 10 p.m. and the next day there were like 6,000 followers,” Bhuiyan said.


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