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University Remains Open But Monitoring Coronavirus Situation

By EARYEL BOWLEG

ebowleg@tribunemedia.net

UNIVERSITY of The Bahamas (UB) remains open and will continue classes, although officials stress the use of online resources is being encouraged. 

This comes as some universities in the United States and Europe have cancelled or temporarily suspended classes due to the novel coronavirus pandemic.

In a statement posted to its Facebook page, UB dispelled rumours of the school closing.

“Please be advised that, contrary to inaccurate reports, University of The Bahamas remains open and operational and classes are continuing even though the use of online resources is being encouraged,” the statement read. 

“Any decision regarding curtailing operations will be communicated via official university channels. No such decision has been made. Please continue to frequently monitor your UB email, the website and official social media channels.”

UB later said in a separate statement that a task force has been appointed to review and upgrade procedures and guidelines, conduct monitoring and make recommendations on a coordinated response to COVID-19. The school said all non-essential university-sponsored travel has been suspended.

“Even before this COVID-19 outbreak, UB had been delivering a number of its courses online. In light of current circumstances, faculty have been encouraged to utilise our online mechanisms – supported by the Office of Information Technology – to deliver course content, conduct lectures and communicate with students. Our staff have also been strongly encouraged to use online applications as the preferred mechanism for meetings and to share information,” UB noted.

Colleges in the US announced their decision on Wednesday when the World Health Organisation (WHO) declared COVID-19 was a pandemic. The NY Times reported, that as of Thursday, at least 1,302 people in 44 states and Washington, DC have the virus and an estimated 38 people have died.

Currently in The Bahamas, there are no suspected or confirmed cases of the disease. 

As a health measure, some international universities have stopped in-class lectures and shifted to online classes for a limited period or through the semester. Institutions such as Harvard University, Yale University, and University of Florida made the drastic to close their campuses and asked students to stay home.

It has been reported that some schools have told students not return to campuses for two weeks after their return. Yet, the move has been met with criticism as it is argued that some students have nowhere to go.

Comments

Well_mudda_take_sic 4 months, 3 weeks ago

Why has the administration of UB not ordered that it be closed? What the hell is going on?

By the time the first UB student is tested and identified as being infected by COVID-19 it will be too late. By then hundreds and hundreds of students will have been infected and carried the deadly virus home to their families where the elderly and those suffering from pre-existing conditions like diabetes, hypertension (high blood pressure), heart disease and pulmonary (lung) disease will fall prey to the deadliest forms of infection by COVID-19.

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sheeprunner12 4 months, 3 weeks ago

How can the schools closed down?????? …. What is the alternative to brick and mortar classes?????? ……….. Pray tell???????

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Well_mudda_take_sic 4 months, 3 weeks ago

You seem to believe there's no alternative but to do nothing and let many of the most vulnerable elderly in our society become infected and pre-maturely die over the next few months. Are you working in the Office of the PM because that seems to be the belief of the Minnis-led FNM government as well (?) I guess we are not all God's children as recently pronounced by Minnis with his arms uplifted.

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TalRussell 4 months, 3 weeks ago

Ma comrade, whilst I have lots differences with the governing ways this red regime - but believing it's the government's intent to let many PopoulacesOrdinary to die - is certainly not one them.

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SP 4 months, 3 weeks ago

The Bahamas better stop pussyfooting around and make the hard decision to shut the country down and take a "controlled" short term financial loss.

Alternatively, Covid19 will very soon FORCE an uncontrolled long term shut down with devastating financial losses!

Italy is a proven disaster scenario that we too will suffer if drastic proactive steps are not taken now.

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There is nothing to "tink" about. Do it now face very painful dire consequences for an unknown period of time.

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TalRussell 4 months, 3 weeks ago

Reality is ma comrade SP, we's Colony of Out Islands and Cays - very economic survival is dependent upon conducting daily exchanges, communications, relations, trade and commerce, including currency, with our neighboring American States, Cities, Towns and Burroughs. We produce nothing and but for Mother Nature's gift abundance sunny days - we have nothing much more locally to sustain PopoulacesOrdinary of half a million for more than but 180 days - max - before we're all staving Sun toasted skin and bones after catching and eating all sea and land creatures.. Yeah, no?

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