Missouri Western has 16 active cases of COVID-19 as of Sept. 22 at 4 p.m.
The number of COVID-19 cases on campus has been relatively steady since school started, but the numbers are slowly starting to drop. Out of the 16 active cases, three had been in the dorms but are now quarantining elsewhere. There are also 41 people quarantined at this time. It is unclear how many are on campus or off campus. The total students and employees who have been diagnosed with COVID-19 at Missouri Western from July 8 through Sept. 21 is 116.
The Interim Dean for the College of Science and Health and COVID-19 Coordinator Crystal Harris said that at the beginning of the semester the cases were mainly on campus, but now it appears to be the opposite.
“The thing that's unusual about this week, is that the majority of them originate from off campus, meaning, it's not people who are living in the dorms, it's people who are commuting,” Harris said. “So that's something that's different. It started out really heavily with students in the dorms, and then it got better there and then it kind of evened out where it was, you know, 60-40 were more were in the dorms now. It's totally flipped.”
MWSU has been doing contact tracing with those who have been in contact with anyone who has been exposed.
Harris said that it’s up to the students to help each other out in these times.
“I think the one thing I'm thinking about is how we can help each other, you know, especially in roommate situations,” Harris said. “If you know that maybe your roommate isn't following some of the guidelines, you know, think through ways that you can help them with that, because it seems like that is one of the places where our students are getting exposed. So you know if we can help them out in a gentle kind way. That would be very good.”
More information can be found at https://www.missouriwestern.edu/covid-19/.