Allegheny College Opens Campus to Students after Extensive Preparations For COVID-19 Public Health Crisis
MEADVILLE, Pa., Sept. 22, 2020 /PRNewswire/ — Allegheny College, one of the nation’s oldest and most innovative four-year colleges where multidisciplinary learning breaks the conventional mold, has taken extensive and creative steps to maximize learning during the current pandemic. Aiming to keep students, faculty, staff and its local Pennsylvania community as safe as possible from the spread of COVID-19, the college welcomed more than 1,400 students and implemented mandatory COVID-19 testing through a staggered return-to-campus. The fall semester began Aug. 31.
With swift protocols implemented for testing, face coverings and physical isolation during its first four weeks, the college has been holding the COVID-19 infection rate to less than 1 percent at any given time, with an average of less than 0.5 percent of the campus population testing positive most days.
The physical and emotional health and safety of both the campus and local Meadville communities has