University of Tennessee Plans to Have Students Back on Campus in Fall

The University of Tennessee is working to reopen its campus. On Wednesday, May 6, the university announced it plans to have students return to the campus for the fall semester after being forced to move to remote learning due to the coronavirus pandemic.

The university also launched a Re-Imagining Fall task force to help with recommendations during the reopening, according to WZTV.

“The task force is doing critical work planning for how we can safely operate and deliver an on-campus experience in a few months with COVID-19 still a reality of our world,” University of Tennessee, Knoxville, Chancellor Donde Plowman said. “The residential campus experience also will have to look different this fall than it did before COVID-19.

“I am proud of the resilience of our students and the work of our faculty and staff through one of the most significant disruptions American higher education has ever experienced. I am also proud of the creative ideas and careful preparation going into safely bringing our Volunteer community back together on campus this fall.”

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The coronavirus mainly comes from animals and a majority of those who were infected early either worked at or frequently visited the Huanan seafood wholesale market in Wuhan, according to The Guardian. The virus is similar to Severe acute respiratory syndrome (Sars) and Middle Eastern respiratory syndrome (Mers).

The Wuhan coronavirus is transmitted from person to person through “droplet transmission.” That means an infected person can pass the virus by sneezing or coughing on another person as well as by direct contact.

While a majority of the cases have been detected in the United States and China — with more than 69,700 deaths in the United States and more than 1 million confirmed cases — it has now reached many countries around the world. It has also been confirmed in Italy, Australia, Canada, France, Germany, and many other eastern countries.

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