Several Ohio universities move to online instruction to curb coronavirus spread


COLUMBUS (WCMH) — Several Ohio universities have made the switch from face-to-face instruction to online instruction due to attempts to halt the spread of the COVID-19 coronavirus.

On Tuesday, Ohio University, Miami University, Muskingum University, Kent State University, Otterbein University, Columbus State Community College, and Capital University all announced they were switching to online instruction, joining Ohio State University, which made an announcement Monday night.

All schools will begin online instruction immediately with the exception of Muskingum and Otterbein, which will begin online instruction March 16.

Muskingum students will continue in-person instruction until Thursday.

In addition, all Muskingum students must vacate campus residence halls by noon Friday, March 13.

The Columbus College of Art and Design is also taking action by extending Spring Break by one week, until March 23, at which time classes will be shifted to online instruction.

Classes at Capital University are canceled for the rest of the week, with online instruction set to begin Monday, March 16.

Columbus State is canceling classes until March 23, at which time it will switch to digital channels and other methods of teaching.

None of the universities are reporting confirmed cases of the virus on campus.

As of Tuesday, in-person classes are scheduled to resume on the following dates:

Ohio Gov. Mike DeWine made the recommendation that schools switch to online learning during a press conference Tuesday.

As of Tuesday afternoon, there are three confirmed cases of COVID-19 coronavirus in the state, with 15 people currently under investigation for contracting the disease.

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