Stark County has reverted back to threat level three or (red) with the positivity rate of Ohio almost doubling.
Classes have already begun going back to remote learning for the time being as this is now the second time that Stark County faces rising COVID-19 threats.
What this means for the University of Mount Union is uncertain as there has not been a campus-wide update or alert since the proposal of sample testing amongst students and faculty. Given the circumstances of rising cases in the county, there is speculation as to what the state of the campus will be when this sample testing begins.
"As we see tests go up, we would expect to see more cases. But what we then really have to look at is positivity,” Governor Mike DeWine stated during his weekly COVID-19 addressing. “What we should be seeing is a decrease in positivity as the testing goes dramatically up. Instead of that what we're seeing is not a decrease in positivity, we're seeing a very, very significant increase."
With the University of Mount Union currently stagnant at four active cases, forty recovered cases and Stark County’s cases rising, those active cases are expected to increase as Mount Union begins to test more and uncover more of where it lies in regard to the pandemic. Plans to return to campus come spring semester are still in full motion while the campus community awaits further information about what is being done with its current situation.
Check back to the Dynamo regularly for further updates on COVID-19 and the state of the campus.