University Of Wyoming Law School Goes Online-Only Due To COVID Uptick

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By Ellen Fike, Cowboy State Daily

The University of Wyoming’s College of Law is halting in-person instruction for a week after six cases of the coronavirus were detected among its students.

The pause will be effective until at least Friday, the university announced over the weekend. This is the first college-specific pause the university has implemented since it reopened from its own campus-wide pause earlier this month.

For the next week, all law school courses will be delivered online; faculty and staff are required to work remotely when possible, and enhanced cleaning measures will be taken at all of the college’s facilities.

All law students and employees are encouraged to shelter in place whenever possible, limiting contact with people they live with until Friday.

People who had close contact with the law students who tested positive for the virus are being contacted. Students, faculty and staff of the college are encouraged to monitor themselves for symptoms of the virus and should they develop, contact their health care providers to discuss whether they should be tested.

The cases in the College of Law are among 32 new cases of the virus diagnosed among UW students and employees since a nearly two-week pause to the university’s fall return plan ended last week.

Of those cases, 28 are students living off campus, two are students living on campus and two are employees living off campus.

Seventeen of the cases were detected through UW’s bridge testing program with Vault Health. The others came from tests administered by external providers.

The total number of active cases among the UW community stands at 113 as of Monday morning: 92 students living off campus, five students living on campus and 16 employees living off campus.

Around 178 people are in quarantine due to exposure to someone infected by the virus: 10 students on campus and 168 people off campus.

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