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Fairmont State reports eight active cases of COVID-19

Fairmont State University reports eight active cases of COVID-19, all within the student population. Fourteen individuals have now recovered since the University began reporting data in late August. 

All students who tested positive are monitored by our COVID Task Force and COVID Student Liaison. As requested, the University continues to work with the Marion County Health Department to complete investigations and contact tracing for positive cases connected with Fairmont State. 

Fairmont State University began a systematic testing of all students, faculty and staff who take classes, work on, or visit any of the University’s campus locations beginning August 5. Testing continued through September 3. 

A COVID-19 Dashboard of positive cases connected to Fairmont State students, faculty and staff can be found at www.fairmontstate.edu/COVID19. All results are based on data collected by local health departments. 

In preparation for the start of the fall semester, 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 of classroom density. Students are currently attending class in-person and/or through a synchronous live broadcast of the course. 

For more information on Fairmont State’s handling of COVID-19, please visit www.fairmontstate.edu/COVID19. Fairmont State will send a weekly update as needed in regards to positive COVID-19 cases on campus. 

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