To fight COVID-19, governor orders colleges to move online only
Oregon Gov. Kate Brown has called on all public and private colleges and universities in the state to close their campuses, in the latest in a seemingly never-ending string of closures made in the past few days to stop the spread of the novel coronavirus.
Brown's announcement comes the same day the Oregon Health Authority announced two new deaths in Oregon linked to COVID-19, the disease caused by the novel coronavirus.
Brown said she would sign an executive order which will require all higher education facilities in Oregon to close their campuses and adopt online courses or other distance-learning options.
Campuses are closed until at least April 28.
Some Oregon schools had already closed as a precaution. Portland Community College shut its doors on Tuesday, while others, such as the University of Oregon, barred visitors, allowing only students and faculty on campus. Portland State University announced Wednesday it would move the entire semester online ahead of the governor's order.
The governor said operations on college campuses should be limited to critical functions, including housing and feeding students who will continue living in college dormitories.
Students staying in on-campus housing must follow social distancing guidelines.
Earlier this week, Brown extended the closure of all K-12 public schools through much of April and signed an executive order shuttering all restaurants that didn't offer carry-out options.
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