The University of Utah announced earlier today they will be moving most classes to an online format to prevent the spread of COVID-19, otherwise known as the coronavirus. This week is the University's spring break for most students. University officials announced that classes will be canceled March 16th and 17th to allow teachers to prepare for the transition to online. Classes will be held in an online format for the remainder of Spring semester.
Additionally, the University of Utah, BYU, Utah State University, Utah Valley University, Salt Lake Community College and some public school districts are putting closures and restrictions in place to avoid the spread of the virus.
The 3rd case reported in Utah is a man under 60 who had recently traveled to Europe and was in contact with another confirmed case of the virus. The man is reportedly at home recovering at this time. Also, 2 players of the Utah Jazz have tested positive for the virus.
President Trump has taken steps to suspend travel from most of Europe to the United States for the next 30 days. Travel restrictions are meant to curb additional cases from entering the country at a time when the virus is becoming more prevalent in Europe's mainland. For now, travel restrictions do not extend to the UK.
For children and people under 60, the virus presents a fairly low risk and people are encouraged to take traditional precautions against the spread of germs and disease. Wash hands often with soap and disinfect surfaces. Stay home when sick and avoid spreading germs while coughing or sneezing. Avoid contact with individuals you believe may be sick. Elderly people should take extra precautions to avoid unnecessary contact.
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