NNU issues stay-in-place order

Amid a continuing spike in campus coronavirus cases, Northwest Nazarene University has issued a stay-in-place order.

Announced Tuesday evening, the order goes into effect Wednesday and runs through Nov. 17.

“We know we are dealing with an ever-changing virus that is now infecting thousands each week throughout our state — and we know we have no control over that,” NNU President Joel Pearsall said in a news release. “We can only control how we respond. We are committed to prioritizing the health and safety of our campus community while simultaneously ensuring our students receive the quality education they deserve, which is why we have made the decision to take more aggressive intervention measures at this time.”

Coronavirus case numbers continue to rise on the Nampa campus. NNU reported 23 cases last week, 17 involving residential students. On Monday, NNU reported an additional 14 confirmed cases, 12 involving students on campus.

Under the directive:

  • NNU will move all classes online.
  • Residential students are asked to stay in their dorms and apartments as much as possible and limit their movement around campus to meal pickups and outdoor exercise.
  • Employees who can work remotely will continue to do so.
  • NNU will place additional restrictions on campus visitors and vendors.
  • People who live or work on campus must get a daily saliva test.

NNU plans to resume face-to-face instruction on Nov. 18, and keep classrooms open through Nov. 25, the beginning of Thanksgiving break. After Thanksgiving break, students will have the option of taking classes online.

Click here for our weekly roundup of campus coronavirus cases.


Kevin Richert

Kevin Richert

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