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COVID-19 outbreak prompts OC officials to move classes online for two weeks after spring break

In response to the nationwide COVID-19 outbreak, Oklahoma Christian University will make the transition to online-only classes for a minimum of two weeks after spring break. 

In an email sent Thursday afternoon announcing the schedule change, President John deSteiguer said the decision was made out of “abundance of caution” and there are no confirmed cases of COVID-19 on campus. 

Employees and faculty will be required to report to work as usual but will be allowed flexibility to telecommute if necessary, deSteiguer said. 

Students who wish to remain on campus after spring break must make an appeal to Residence Life staff, according to the email. 

Known commonly as the coronavirus, the first case of COVID-19 appeared in Wuhan, China, in late 2019. As of Thursday afternoon, more than 134,000 coronavirus cases and 4,900 coronavirus related deaths were reported worldwide. More than 1,600 cases have now been reported in the United States. 

The first case of the novel coronavirus in the Oklahoma City area was reported last night, when Utah Jazz player Rudy Gobert tested positive for the illness. A total of four coronavirus cases have been reported in Oklahoma.

This is a developing story. Stayed tuned to for updates.

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