“More than 13,000 had signed on, as of 9 p.m. Monday.”
This isn’t surprising, considering Washington state has reported deaths due to the disease.
The Daily reports:
Petition to close campus amid coronavirus draws over 13,000 signatures
A petition among students to close campus amid a rise in local novel coronavirus cases has drawn over 5,000 signatures in about three hours Sunday night after getting 2,000 in under an hour.
More than 13,000 had signed on, as of 9 p.m. Monday.
There are no coronavirus cases on the UW campus, with four students testing negative for the virus earlier this quarter, and the university and health officials saying the risk to the community is low.
UW spokesperson Victor Balta said in an email that the university is actively monitoring the situation.
“At this time, there have been no recommendations to suspend campus operations,” Balta said. “With this in mind, UW campuses will remain open. We are fortunate to live in a region with one of the most advanced and responsive medical and public health systems in the country.”
He added that the UW is working to ensure “maximum flexibility during this time of uncertainty” for students experiencing symptoms or those who want to isolate themselves.
UW President Ana Mari Cauce said in an update to the campus community Saturday that the university was preparing for coronavirus similar to other disruptive situations, like natural disaster.
“This includes working with campus leadership and regional public health partners to help colleges, schools and departments take steps that can minimize disruptions to student learning, such as assessing their readiness to conduct class activities online, should that be required, and ensuring students and employees who are ill can be properly supported so they can stay home and recover,” she wrote.
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