Mayville State will continue with online only education for the rest of the week due to a delay in the results of last week’s coronavirus testing event.
Online course delivery and remote working arrangements for nonessential staff will continue on Thursday, Nov. 12, and Friday, Nov. 13, at the campus, President Brian Van Horn said in a message to campus on Wednesday, Nov. 12. Essential staff will continue on-campus work.
On Sunday, Nov. 1, the campus moved to distance learning as COVID-19 concerns rose.
“We are doing this out of an abundance of caution for the health and safety of our students, staff and faculty,” Van Horn wrote in the campus email. “Your health and safety are the top priorities as decisions related to the pandemic are made.”
Pending receipt of the test results, Mayville State will resume full on-campus operations and on-campus course delivery on Monday, Nov. 16.
“Remember to wear your mask, social distance, wash your hands often, get tested for COVID-19, monitor for symptoms and stay home if you are not feeling well,” the letter said. “These practices will ensure that we are doing what we can to help mitigate the spread of the coronavirus.”
Mayville State has been dealing with an increase in COVID-19 cases in the past two weeks. The campus dashboard shows there is one on-campus resident who has tested positive for the virus, plus an additional four students who live off campus, as well as six distance-learning students who had tested positive, as of Wednesday morning. There were no active cases among Mayville State employees as of Wednesday morning. The campus has a total of 52 close contacts.
The campus also had a stay-in-place request, which ended Nov. 8. Some students were isolated in the campus wellness center.
Van Horn said last week that, though some students were housed in the wellness center, the campus didn’t have a “crisis.”
“We don't have a crisis,” Van Horn told the Herald Monday, Nov. 2. “We have some people that have positive tests, but we're handling those in a very safe way and actually following what our emergency management processes were to begin with.”
He said there were no available beds at the local hotel in town and noted the “optics” of the situation simply looked different than other campuses because of this.
“It’s just the optics of it look differently, so people obviously question whether there's a crisis,” Van Horn said.