Close the Gonzaga University Campus due to COVID-19 infections and deaths in Washington

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Close the Gonzaga University Campus due to COVID-19 infections and deaths in Washington

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Nathan Wilson started this petition to Gonzaga University Spokane Campus

The novel coronavirus, or COVID-19 started in Wuhan, China. This has now spread to over 121,000 people around the globe and has caused more than 4,365 deaths, both totals higher than the SARS and MERS epidemics of the past. This virus can stay in the body for two weeks or more without showing symptoms, but over this incubation period, the virus can still be transmitted to others.

Many infected individuals may spread the virus without their knowledge. Many students may be infected and may bring transmit this virus into schools and other public spaces. The incubation period is too long (over two weeks) to know the extent of the infection rate at this time.

In light of the new information that there are already 25 US deaths from COVID in Washington State, King County. Gov. Jay Inslee (D) has called for a state of emergency. He has also stated that there could be up to 64,000 cases of coronavirus in the state by May. The state has 267 confirmed coronavirus cases overall.

We are asking Thayne McCulloh, the president of Gonzaga University to close the campus and institute online classes to prevent the spreading of this virus since this virus may lay dormant for two weeks or even more in some cases. In classrooms, dining halls, and in other crowded areas, the virus will inevitably infect people thus increasing the infection rate exponentially.

Again, we urge the GU-Spokane campus to make the responsible decisions to close campus and facilities and to switch to online classes as to slow infection rates. This is not an issue that the university should be reactionary towards. The university should be proactive and get out ahead of this virus to help insure the safety of every student, faculty, and family member of Gonzaga University. 

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