You can hang out with friends, just be six feet away Friday, Aug 21 2020 

By Grace Welsh- 

With the current pandemic, it’s no secret that life on campus will look a lot different this year. In general, the more contact there is with others, the more chances there are of transmitting the virus. The Center for Disease Control and Prevention and Kentucky governor Andy Beshear highly suggest that people stay away from groups as much as possible. However, if the decision to socialize in public activities is made, here are some tips from the CDC about what can be taken to keep everyone and the community healthy.

First, know the facts about the virus.

COVID-19 spreads through respiratory droplets, so it transmits easily through person to person contact. It can also spread through contact with contaminated surfaces, so it’s important to wash your hands often with soap and water for at least 20 seconds. When on the go, hand sanitizer with an alcohol content of at least 60% will also be effective against the virus. Be sure to also cover coughs and sneezes with an elbow.

Physically distancing at least six feet (about two arm’s length) from people that may be ill is effective in preventing the virus from spreading. But, since there is no guarantee that someone is not an asymptomatic carrier, wearing a mask is essential.

Even if you don’t feel sick, wearing a mask is an effective measure to make sure you don’t transmit the disease to other people, especially those with weaker immune systems. Keep your mouth and nose covered and make sure you continue to physically distance from others.

Sophomore Nick House said asking folks to wear their masks is not too much to ask.

“Sometimes I have a hard time recognizing my friends when their faces are covered, but it’s worth it so I can keep my community safe,” House said.

House said that he’s felt comfortable enough to hang out with a small group of friends but won’t participate in any major social events.

“I think it’s up to me to take care of myself and I trust that the people I surround myself with will do the same,” he said.

The CDC also recommends frequently disinfecting commonly touched surfaces such as doorknobs, countertops, light switches, and cell phones.

Be on the lookout for symptoms such as fever, cough, congestion, nausea, shortness of breath, chills, muscle aches, or fatigue, and stay home if you feel sick.

Free testing will be offered to University of Louisville students at the Student Rec Center until Monday the 24th. For testing after that date, please visit https://louisville.edu/coronavirus/health-protocols#testing or contact Campus Health at 502-852-6446 or hlthoff@louisville.edu.

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Gov. Andy Beshear confirms Louisville’s first case of coronavirus Tuesday, Mar 10 2020 

This story will be updated as more information is released. 

By Eli Hughes —

Governor Andy Beshear confirmed Louisville’s first coronavirus case in a live-streamed press conference March 8.

There are now eight confirmed cases as of March 10 according to WLKY. 

There is one paitent is in Jefferson County, five in Harrison County and two in Fayette County. 

Beshear started this announcement by reassuring Kentucky residents. “We will get through this,” Beshear said. 

“We’ll do it together. We’ll do it by caring about each other, by practicing good hygiene. Folks, we are going to make it through this.”

There is not much information currently available about Louisville’s case of COVID-19, the disease caused by the coronavirus. The patient is said to be in isolation, and those who could have possibly come into contact with them would be alerted. 

Mayor Greg Fischer also spoke at a press conference March 8 to address concerns about Louisville’s first case. 

“Unfortunately, we knew it was just a matter of time before the virus came to our city, as it has to many cities around America,” Fischer said. “And what is most important is for our city and our residents to take appropriate steps to keep all of us safe.” 

University of Louisville President Neeli Bendapudi sent an email March 10 that said senior leadership is meeting to monitor the situation and develop plans to keep the campus community safe.

“We have been reviewing operational needs that may arise in the case that we need to cancel classes, move classes online, or otherwise limit access to campus,” Bendapudi said.

Bendapudi said the step isn’t necessary at the moment, but is confident the step is possible.

U of L announced in an earlier email March 5 that two members of the university community are self-isolating and monitoring for the virus. 

 Dr. Phillip Bressoud, the Executive Director of Campus Health Services, informed the campus community of the situation in an email March 5. He assured students, faculty and staff that the individuals are not currently showing symptoms associated with the virus.

He also addressed concerns about the individuals being on campus before self-isolating.

 “These individuals were on campus prior to the CDC recommendation that they self-isolate but now are self-isolating for 14 days, as recommended by the CDC,” he said. “The university has notified individuals who are known to have been in close contact with them.”

 The two individuals in question returned from Italy before the Center for Disease Control and Prevention updated the country to a level 3 travel advisory. Countries with a level 3 advisory are classified by the CDC as countries that have widespread, sustained transmission.

Bressoud also reminded the U of L community that more information about COVID-19 can be found on U of L’s website at http://louisville.edu/campushealth/information/coronavirus-ncov2019-information.   

The state has also set up a hotline for those who have questions about the virus. That hotline is 1-800-722-5725. 

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Concealed carry complicates campus security Thursday, Sep 26 2019 

By Ben Goldberger —

The Sandy Hook Promise recently published another powerful video about the necessity of education on tactics to prevent school shootings. This PSA brings up the question: How safe are campuses regarding gun violence?

The University of Louisville Deadly Weapons Policy states that all weapons are restricted on campus, besides some few exceptions including police officers and weapons owned by the ROTC program.

As stated in the policy, “Deadly weapons are prohibited on any property owned, leased, operated or controlled by the University, including but not limited to the following: classrooms, laboratories, residence halls, clinics, office buildings, performance halls, museums, athletics and recreation facilities, parking lots and structures, University-owned vehicles, and all outdoor areas of any campus of the University.

While this policy does restrict weapons on campus, this only pertains to those that are visible. 

Last summer, the Kentucky Senate passed Senate Bill 150. The Courier Journal reports the law allows people to carry a concealed weapon without a background check, safety training or a permit. This law didn’t change where concealed weapons aren’t allowed though. Concealed weapons aren’t allowed in government buildings or private property with posted signs.

So while weapons are technically restricted on campus, people can hide their weapons anywhere on their persons. And since background checks and gun safety training sessions are no longer required to purchase a gun, anyone 21 or older can have a weapon on them. 

This strikes fear in students, making them question how protected campus is from gun violence. 

Freshman finance major Gordon Rowe said, “I think it requires me to be more aware of my surroundings.”

“It’s a shame that our politicians have once again created an added pressure to a college students’ life, which is already pressured enough.” 

This is scary information for sure, but students have the power to make changes that can improve campus safety. 

Students can share their concerns with student representatives in the Student Government Association. These officers are put in power to serve as the voice for the students, and getting in contact with them will let them know the student population is concerned for their safety and allow them to inform school officials about this issue. 

Students can also contact the official university police force to voice their opinions. On the U of L police department website, there are phone numbers for all staff, and there is an email that students can use to send in their opinions on how to improve campus security. 

Finally, students can write to their state representatives to change this bill. By voicing their opinions, representatives may look at the bill from a different perspective, leading them to change the legislation. 

When asked about possible ways to improve campus safety, Rowe said, “I have always believed that implementing key codes on some of the campus buildings like the SAC and BAB are a good idea.”

These security measures would ensure that the only people in high-populated buildings would be students and staff, making these buildings more secure. 

While the world can be a dangerous place, the campus should be a shelter from that danger for students. This law threatens the security of campus, but with help from the students, the university can strengthen that shelter even more. The time is now to take action and secure campus from gun violence. 

If not now, how many more school shootings before it is?  

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U of L campus upgrades for the fall Tuesday, Aug 20 2019 

By Matthew Keck —

Incoming and returning students can expect to have a couple new features on campus this fall.

One of those features is the introduction of Card Cruisers from the University of Louisville Police Department. This initiative will transport faculty and students across campus from dusk until dawn. The implementation of these cruisers is to increase safety on campus.

During these hours staff and students can call 852-6111 and they will be directed to an available security officer. The Card Cruisers will give rides anywhere on campus and to nearby apartments off campus.

They will be using existing security cars as the cruisers and have plans to add two more cruisers to the ensemble.

The other new feature students will notice are the upgrades being made to the third floor of Ekstrom Library.

Students can expect an entirely renovated third floor with new study spaces, reading rooms and a graduate student study area. This $3 million upgrade is primarily funded by gifts, endowments and grants.

U of L Libraries Dean Bob Fox said that with the growing population of students a more efficient space was necessary. The upgrades will allow more students to fit on the third floor but it will still remain a quiet space.

Renovations started in May after finals and are estimated to be completed by early September.

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