Michigan State University officials are cancelling in-person classes for the remainder of the semester after learning of a potential campus-linked coronavirus case, MLive is reporting:
“Early this morning we learned of an individual linked to our campus which the Ingham County Health Department is currently investigating and monitoring. Due to this, we are now taking additional steps to keep our community safe,” MSU President Samuel Stanley said in an email sent today to the campus community.
MSU is the first public university in Michigan to cancel in-person classes in response to the virus. Students will take classes online.
The suspension began at noon Wednesday and will last until April 20, President Samuel Stanley announced in an email to the campus communuty.
The announcement comes after the first two cases in the state were reported, in Oakland County and Wayne County, last night. Gov. Gretchen Whitmer has declared an emergency.
The fast-moving disease is affecting college sports Detroit Free Press reports. The Mid-American Conference, a basketball tournament that includes Eastern Michigan, Western Michigan and Central Michigan universities, will be playing spectator-free.
NCAA Tournament games in Toledo on March 17-18 and in Cleveland on March 19-22 should be played without fans, Ohio's governor tweeted Tuesday. "We are asking for no [indoor] events with spectators other than the athletes, parents and others essential to the game," said Gov. Mike DeWine.