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Jerry Falwell Jr. is keeping Liberty University’s campus open while publicly minimizing the threat of coronavirus

Mar 24, 2020

By Grace Panetta

Jerry Falwell Jr., the president of Liberty University and a close ally of President Donald Trump, is keeping campus open as students return from spring break, despite hundreds of colleges across America moving online and sending students home for the rest of the semester.

This week, approximately 5,000 Liberty students return to campus in Lynchburg, Virginia. While classes are moving to online instruction, Falwell Jr. is still encouraging students to come back to campus. He’s also ordering faculty “without a valid health exemption” to report to work on campus and continue to hold in-person office hours, the Richmond Times-Dispatch reported on Tuesday. 

According to the Virginia Department of Health, there are currently at least 290 cases of COVID-19 in Virginia, including 45 people who have been hospitalized and six who have died. There are also two confirmed cases in Amherst and Bedford counties, which border the city of Lynchburg.

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