Close Piere College Puyallup Campus Due to COVID-19 Death in Washington and New Cases

Close Piere College Puyallup Campus Due to COVID-19 Death in Washington and New Cases

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Kristena Alberson started this petition to Michele L. Johnson and

The novel coronavirus(COVID-19) has now spread to over 91,000 people around the globe and has caused over 4,000 deaths, both totals higher than the SARS and MERS epidemics of the past.

Twenty nine have died and at least 336 people have tested positive for the COVID-19 in the Greater Seattle/Tacoma area. Though there are currently no reported cases within the immediate Pierce College community, it is impossible to know the extent of the threat. The virus may lay dormant in the body for two weeks or even more before symptoms emerge. The close proximity in classrooms, dining halls and other crowded areas will inevitably increase infection rates.

As a large college campus, many students commute throughout Pierce County everyday. Once the virus spreads, it will have many unforeseen consequences, direct and indirect. As students, we place great priority on our academics, but right now this event must take precedence.

We are asking Darrell L. Cain, the President of the Pierce College Puyallup to take the initiative and close the campus in order to stop the spread of this virus. Take advantage of technology, start online classes. We all already know the risks COVID-19 poses to the public, particularly those who are immunocompromised or elderly, and we must act now to keep students, their families, and the community safe.

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