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BYU reports 40 COVID-19 cases after first week of school

School says 24 students were exposed to virus at gathering without physical distancing
Brigham Young University
Brigham Young University
Posted at 4:22 PM, Sep 04, 2020
and last updated 2020-09-04 18:28:21-04

PROVO, Utah — Brigham Young University officials announced Friday that 40 cases of COVID-19 have been reported during the first week of school.

In a statement to FOX 13, a university spokesperson said many of the students with COVID-19 were exposed to the virus at on-campus and off-campus events.

In addition, 24 students at the school's Helaman Halls were exposed to the virus at a gathering where physical distancing was not practiced. Those students have been asked to quarantine before returning to campus activities.

Schools officials say there is not a specific case count which would prompt a move to remote learning. Instead, officials claim a variety of factors will help make the determination to prohibit classroom learning.

Factors used by officials to make a remote learning determination include:

  • Disease prevalence on and off campus
  • Local hospital capacity
  • BYU's capacity to isolate or quarantine those living on-campus