Virginia Liberty University will enact a campus-wide temporary quarantine starting Monday due to a spike in Covid-19 cases among students and staff.
The quarantine is expected to end on September 10, the university said.
There were 159 active cases of Covid-19 among students and staff on Saturday, according to the school’s coronavirus dashboard. The university has approximately 15,000 students and 5,000 faculty or staff on campus. The majority of infections, 124 cases, are among college students.
Last week, 40 students and staff tested positive for Covid. The current peak exceeds the previous record of 141 cases last September, when nearly 1,200 people linked to the campus were quarantined.
As the university began its fall semester this week, it lifted capacity building restrictions and distancing and masking requirements. It also does not require vaccination.
The university changed its protocol Thursday night to enact campus-wide quarantine, move classes online and suspend large indoor gatherings.