Aquinas issues travel restrictions amid virus concerns


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GRAND RAPIDS, Mich. (WOOD) — Aquinas College has issued travel restrictions due to recent concerns over the spread of COVID-19.

Several teams that were traveling out of state during spring break have been notified and are returning to campus as soon as possible.

Aquinas College released the following statement:

“Out of an abundance of caution during this rapidly evolving situation and in consideration of guidelines from public health officials and other experts, we have made difficult decisions regarding travel. We understand that this disruption is deeply disappointing for all. But we did not make these decisions lightly. Aquinas College’s primary concern is always the health and safety of our campus community and the broader community.”

Monday, Madrid ordered all schools to be closed in response to the spread of COVID-19.  Therefore, Kalamazoo College says a spring term study abroad program in Madrid has been canceled, affecting 24 students.

Those students may study abroad elsewhere or stay on campus for spring classes, the college says.

In addition, Kalamazoo College says its campus custodial staff is using more aggressive cleaning supplies. School officials urge students to consider not traveling to places with a significant COVID-19 outbreak.

Wednesday, Michigan State University announced it’s canceling all in-person classes until later April, citing concerns about coronavirus.

Albion College canceled its Earth Day 50 keynote event featuring Hank Green that was scheduled for Wednesday night due to virus concerns.

Tuesday, Gov. Gretchen Whitmer declared a state of emergency after announcing the first two cases of COVID-19, coronavirus disease 19, were confirmed in Michigan.

State officials say one case is a middle-aged woman from Oakland County who recently traveled internationally. The other case is a middle-aged man from Wayne County who traveled domestically.

In West Michigan, eight tests for the virus have been sent out in Kent County and seven in Ottawa County. Results have not come back the tests.

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