FAIRMONT, W.Va. – Officials from Fairmont State University report 3,614 COVID-19 tests were administered to faculty, staff and students. Of those, there are a total of five positive cases. Four have recovered and one case remains active.
All students who tested positive were moved off campus to recuperate. When requested, the University is working with the Marion County Health Department to complete investigations and contact tracing for positive cases connected to the university.
Tests were required for all students, faculty and staff who take classes, work on, or utilize any of the University’s campus locations. The tests were conducted August 5 through August 18.
A link to the Fairmont State University COVID-19 Dashboard is here.
In preparation for classes, Fairmont State spent the summer introducing a campus wide signage campaign to help students, faculty and staff engage in physical distancing, safe hand washing, and appropriate mask wearing. In addition, all students, faculty and staff received a PPE kit that included two reusable masks and refillable hand sanitizer. Across campus, seating capacities have been reduced, self-service food opportunities are now staffed by employees, and cleaning of heavily used areas has been increased.
Faculty spent the summer updating their courses which are currently being delivered face-to-face and where necessary, synchronously in order to assist in a reduction in classroom density. Students are currently attending class in-person and/or through a synchronous live broadcast of the course.