BU’s handling of COVID-19 cases

COVID-19 is still spreading rapidly around the United States, and Bloomsburg University is no exception with the cumulative total of student cases being 355 as of Sept. 28. With all of the new procedures, there is some confusion among the people of Bloomsburg about the best way to tackle this virus.

Since many students have been tested, there have been many thoughts about the quarantining process.

“Honestly, quarantine as a whole was really boring but it gave me a chance to catch up on my school work and to help keep other people safe by staying home,” one student who was tested said.

The student health center has been working hard to get as many tests as possible done at the school, but with an overwhelming amount of students showing symptoms, it has been difficult.

“I tried to get a test [at the student health center] and it would have taken three days but Geisinger got me on the day I called,” an anonymous student said.

There has been a lot of controversy about how the university has been handling all of the cases. Other than the emails and videos about wearing a face mask, there are many people who believe that the school could have done more to prevent spreading.

“I have definitely felt frustrated speaking with students and parents on the phone while working at the Residence Life office because I empathize with their voiced concerns. I feel as though more formal training regarding procedures related to students in contact with COVID-19, quarantine and plans for class and activity conduct would have been beneficial earlier on in the semester,” a student Residence Life worker said.

In addition, this student worker also believes that Bloomsburg University could have been more productive in terms of trying to rid the campus of coronavirus.

“While I understand the uncertain times we are in together, I believe administrative decisions during the past summer to not reopen housing and in-person classes for the semester would have saved students and their families time, money and stress.”

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