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COVID-19: LIU Post Announces Two-Week Closure Of In-Person Learning As Cases Climb To 55

There has been an outbreak of COVID-19 at LIU Brookville.
There has been an outbreak of COVID-19 at LIU Brookville. Photo Credit: LIU

Long Island University is pressing pause on in-person learning due to a COVID-19 breakout.

Ten new positive COVID-19 cases were confirmed at LIU Post this week, bringing the two-week total to 55 cases, prompting the school to transition to remote instruction beginning on Thursday, Oct. 15.

The positive cases were traced back to off-campus gatherings, which LIU President Kimberly Cline said were in violation of LIU’s Code of Conduct and were isolated events.

Remote learning is expected to last at least two weeks, at which point university officials will assess the situation before making a determination.

Anyone who tested positive has entered quarantine for two weeks, school officials said.

The cases are confined solely to LIU’s Brookville campus, and there have been no positive cases reported in Brooklyn, Hudson, Brentwood, or Riverhead, which will continue in-person learning.”

“The University’s decision to pause in-person classes is a proactive measure intended to prevent the spread of the virus,” Cline stated. “It is vital that we all recommit to following the proper safety requirements going forward.

"While our numbers are well below the mandated thresholds for remote learning, we have chosen to act now," she wrote. "This gives us the best opportunity to reverse the trend and welcome you back in two weeks."

Cline made note that there have been no reported cases from faculty or University staff members.

“This decision was made to protect the LIU Post community,” Cline continued. “Please take responsibility for your actions, look out for each other, show concern for the well-being of your family and your peers, and do everything that is necessary to stay safe.” 

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