Bloomsburg University has decided to extend spring break by one week due to concern about the spread of COVID-19 novel coronavirus. Classes are planned to resume March 23.

In an email sent out to faculty and staff today which was then forwarded to the student body, President Bashar Hanna announced that: “During this extension, faculty will be provided training, both locally and remotely, specific to online course delivery methods.  This will enable continuity of instruction if further delays of our students’ return to campus become warranted.”

Bloomsburg does not currently have any reported or confirmed cases of COVID-19.

President Hanna also announced that all university-sponsored travel will be cancelled and all university-sponsored nonathletic events will be suspended.

Other universities in eastern Pennsylvania have issued updates to their students regarding precautions regarding COVID-19. West Chester University has shifted to online classes for the remainder of the semester, Bucknell University has cancelled university-sponsored travel, and Susquehanna University is collaborating with Geisinger Health system and the Pennsylvania Department of Health to better prepare for the COVID-19 situation.

Pennsylvania currently has 10 cases of COVID-19.

This is a developing story and will be updated as new information is available.