NKU moves most classes online as Campbell County turns 'red' on Ky. COVID-19 map

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Posted at 4:39 PM, Oct 30, 2020

HIGHLAND HEIGHTS, Ky. — As Campbell County turns "red" on Kentucky's COVID-19 incidence rate map, Northern Kentucky University will move to remote operations and online learning for most classes starting Monday.

There will be exceptions for classes that "absolutely must be held in person," according to a campus-wide message from Provost Sue Ott Rowlands.

"Students who have in-person elements to their courses will hear from their instructors with additional instructions," she wrote. "All offices that can offer services remotely will be temporarily stopping on-campus office hours. Offices that must be on-campus to provide services will be on-campus in limited capacity. Division and college leaders will follow up with their teams with more details regarding operations."

Gov. Andy Beshear announced Thursday that Kenton, Campbell and 66 other Kentucky counties moved into the red, indicating "critical" spread of 25 or more COVID-19 cases per 100,000 people in those areas.

The incidence rate map is updated each Thursday, with recommendations going into effect the following Monday through Friday. Among those recommendations: move in-person schooling online.

"We are hopeful that Campbell County will move back to orange next week, if everyone follows the new guidelines," Ott Rowlands wrote. "If our county numbers improve to that point, NKU can return to our Moving Forward plan that had been in place this semester. We are counting on our campus community to help protect each other, and I know our faculty, staff and students will once again rise to the occasion."

As of the latest state data, NKU has reported 59 total COVID-19 cases in students since the pandemic's start, with 15 cases reported in the last 14 days. NKU has not reported any COVID-19 cases in faculty or staff.

The latest data from NKY Health shows 387 active cases of COVID-19 in Campbell County.