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Bradley Hall, the administration building at Mount St. Mary’s University.

Mount St. Mary’s University has suspended its Florence, Italy, study abroad program and brought participating students home in response to COVID-19, the disease caused by the new coronavirus.

There were 19 students in the Florence program, said Donna Klinger, director of public relations and communications at the Mount. They returned to the U.S. once the virus began spreading into Italy. They will spend the remainder of the semester at home completing course work online.

Students at the Mount also spent the last week on spring break. Klinger said in an email that any students who traveled to China, Iran, Italy or South Korea over the break have been required to self-quarantine for 14 days once they have returned to the U.S.

They must also get checked by a health professional before returning to campus. Additionally, any students who traveled internationally over spring break are required to report immediately to the university’s Student Health Center for a risk assessment.

Hood College students began their spring break on Friday afternoon. Laurie Ward, vice president for marketing and communications at Hood, said students will be alerted if anything changes regarding campus operations over the break. She added that protocols for facilities, housekeeping and food services have been escalated in light of the coronavirus.

Frederick Community College is operating as normal. Caroline Cole, communication coordinator for FCC, said in an email that the college is working with the Frederick County Health Department to stay updated on information and any recommendations.

Cole said if the outbreak became severe enough in the area that FCC’s campus needed to shut down, “faculty has been asked to develop ... [through an] electronic platform, a way to continue as much instruction as possible.”

Frederick County Public Schools is operating as normal with no canceled events.

Other organizations such as Visit Frederick, the county’s official visitor guide, is continuing to welcome visitors as normal and has not canceled any events, said Melissa Muntz, marketing and communications manager for Visit Frederick.

She added that the Frederick Visitor Center has added a hand sanitizer station near the exit and that staff are now using styluses to reduce the amount of contact with touch screens.

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(9) comments

LeBlancp01

The City/County are negligent in regulating Guest Accommodation services and knowing where Airbnb are and who is using them throughout the jurisdictions. They are blind to over 160 Tourist Homes and Bed and Breakfasts which means there are 3-5000 guests from around the world wondering around town. Frederick City in particular is ignoring their own Tourist Home regulation that requires them to know where Airbnb are, ad requires a on site manager and a guests registry (name, address) that can be made available to authorities if needed like all other accommodation in the City. Please get involved and see that the City uses this tool to help protect its citizen as intended by the City Zoning Laws..

gabrielshorn2013

I believe you have a financial interest at stake here, no? Using a health issue to bolster your argument, thus your business? For shame. Air BnBs will have no more effect on the Covid-19 spread than your facility does. If an infected person, symptomatic or asymptomatic, touches any surface anywhere, then you touch it and touch your face, you will get it. Do you follow your guests around with Clorox wipes? Do you require certification from a health authority? Probably not.

Alice Jones

Well done, Gabe.

DickD

It's all a Democrat hoax. We know because Trump told us and he wouldn't lie, would he? [lol][lol]

gabrielshorn2013

SMH, no he didn't dick. He says plenty of other stupid "stuff". Why would you lie about this? From snopes.com:

"What's True

During a Feb. 28, 2020, campaign rally in South Carolina, President Donald Trump likened the Democrats' criticism of his administration's response to the new coronavirus outbreak to their efforts to impeach him, saying "this is their new hoax." During the speech he also seemed to downplay the severity of the outbreak, comparing it to the common flu.

What's False

Despite creating some confusion with his remarks, Trump did not call the coronavirus itself a hoax.

The complete statement, in context, may be found at:

https://www.snopes.com/fact-check/trump-coronavirus-rally-remark/

Alice Jones

Just in case there is any confusion for this latest gem.

The Independent:

I like this stuff. I really get it,” Mr Trump boasted to reporters during a tour of the Centers for Disease Control (CDC) and Prevention in Atlanta, where he met with actual doctors and scientists who are feverishly scrambling to contain and combat the deadly illness.

Citing a “great, super-genius uncle” who taught at MIT, Mr Trump professed it must run in the family genes.

“People are really surprised I understand this stuff,” he said. “Every one of these doctors said: ‘How do you know so much about this?’ Maybe I have a natural ability.”

Dr Dump is definitely a narcissist.

gabrielshorn2013

Agreed. Genius, he is not.

Kelpfarming

Wait, you mean things like going to other nations and letting them come here might help control this? Wow, so CLOSING the borders is a good idea now? Democrats cant run from the optics of this if it gets worse. OH NO. Cheers

Alice Jones

Please go in their stead, dirt farmer. Please?

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