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Creighton University to close Omaha campus April 7

Posted at 8:18 PM, Apr 05, 2020
and last updated 2020-04-05 21:22:22-04

OMAHA, Neb. (KMTV) — Creighton University President Fr. Daniel Hendrickson announced Creighton's Omaha campus will close to all students, faculty, staff and visitors beginning Tuesday, April 7. The decision for the closure is "due to the spread of the Coronavirus and for the safety of campus."

Only mission critical employees identified by the president and a limited number of approved students and others will be allowed on campus.

Many students and faculty have been working remotely since the university moved to all online classes on March 23. Most buildings on campus including libraries are closed.

Residence halls are only open to a limited number of authorized students. Food and housing services will continue for them.

"As positive cases in Nebraska have climbed to over 350, according to the latest Department of Health and Human Services figures, we felt this was the logical next step, and does not represent a major change in our operations," Fr. Hendrickson said.

The university is directing all employees not to report to campus starting April 7. All authorized employees were notified.

Creighton's campus will remain closed until further notice.

Online learning will continue for the rest of the semester.

CU is also working with the State of Nebraska to provide housing for those recommended by the state for self-quarantine in Swanson Hall, and if necessary, McGloin Hall.

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