Ohio University announced Thursday that spring break has been extended another week until Sunday, March 22, to let instructors prepare online instruction.

Remote instruction will begin on March 22 because of the coronavirus, which has been declared a global health emergency, according to the World Health Organization. The change is following guidance from the state level and is in response to concerns from students and faculty members about time to prepare for online instruction, according to the university’s alert page.

Students who went home over spring break are encouraged to stay home, and students who were traveling over break are asked to stay home, according to the alert.

Students who live in residence halls and want to return to campus to get items can do so from Thursday, March 12, until Monday, March 16, from 10 a.m. until 8 p.m.

There are five confirmed cases of COVID-19 in Ohio, and 52 people are under investigation, according to the Ohio Department of Health.

No cases of coronavirus have been reported at any OU campus or location. The university believes the risk of transmission on campuses is low at this time.

All campuses and locations are still open. Employees should still report to work as scheduled, according to the alert.

OU has also canceled all Spring Semester study abroad programs and travel experiences.

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