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Fairmont State holds virtual forum to address COVID-19 and other campus updates

Reissued:  As of Friday, November 6, 2020 there are two positive cases of COVID-19 that have been identified with testing administered on campus, and four positive cases administered at off-campus testing sites. Forty-two individuals have now recovered since the University began reporting data in August.

Fairmont State University President, Dr. Mirta Martin virtually addressed students, faculty and staff on Thursday, November 5 to continue the sense of community on campus and support the Falcon Family. The virtual address was held in place of the in-person campus forum typically taking place each semester. 

Martin applauded the entire Falcon Family for assisting in the efforts to keep the University open for the entire fall semester, crediting the adaptability and resilience of students, faculty and staff. 

“Thankful, grateful and inspired by faculty, staff and students wouldn’t be enough to tell you how incredibly touched I am about the semester we’ve had,” said Fairmont State University president, Mirta M. Martin. “I think we have all recognized during these unprecedented times that character is formed in community – in communities that care deeply about each other. This is demonstrated in characteristics of the Falcon Family.” 

Several campus updates were provided regarding upcoming technological changes to the online Blackboard system, Winter Term, enrollment growth, athletics, professional development, new executive leadership and safely reopening for the spring semester. 

Martin expressed that four reopening scenarios have been established for reopening in the spring, all of which include continuing COVID-19 testing among the campus community. All four scenarios are ready for execution, pending confirmation from the State of West Virginia. Students, faculty and staff will be alerted when the strategy has been finalized and confirmed with the state. 

“While the pandemic has robbed many things of us, one thing has been steadfast – our support for each other and our support for our students,” Martin said.

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