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Liberty University students report symptoms that suggest coronavirus: report

Mar 30, 2020

By John Bowden

Around a dozen students at Virginia’s Liberty University have reported being sick with symptoms that are consistent with the coronavirus.

The school’s director of student health services told The New York Times in an interview that nearly a dozen students had reported symptoms similar to those experienced in confirmed coronavirus cases, with three of those students later being sent to hospitals for testing. No cases of the virus have been confirmed on the school’s campus.

Liberty was in the news this week after students began returning to the Virginia campus despite the increasing number of coronavirus cases across the nation.

Students returning to campus are now reportedly being directed to self-quarantine for two weeks, while Liberty’s president, Jerry Falwell Jr., told the Times that around 800 of the 1,900 students who initially returned to on-campus housing for spring semester had voluntarily gone home. It was unclear, Falwell said, how many remained in off-campus housing.

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