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