Liberty University launched a COVID-19 dashboard that revealed that over 1,000 students and staff are in or scheduled to quarantine due to the coronavirus. There are gaps and questions that remain however. For example what is the COVID-19 rates prior to this COVID dashboard? What are the COVID-19 infection numbers in the spring of 2020? If anyone has that information please contact this blog so it can be explored and analyzed.
“Honesty is the first chapter in the book of wisdom.”
Do nothing from selfish ambition or conceit, but in humility count others more significant than yourselves. 4 Let each of you look not only to his own interests, but also to the interests of others.
Philippians 2:3-4 ESV
On September 16, 2020 Liberty University launched a COVID-19 dashboard and information revealed about the pandemic’s effects are troubling. Let’s look at the data and ask some questions.
What the COVID-19 Dashboard Shows
The Liberty University COVID-19 dashboard has only been live for a couple of days since this post has been written. Altogether the data reveals that over 1,000 Liberty University students or staff are in quarantine. 487 on campus students are in quarantine. 492 commuters instructed to quarantine. 139 employees are instructed to quarantine. Combined that comes to 1,118 in quarantine or expected to quarantine. There are 141 active cases with most being students and four being active faculty or staff.
According to WSLS those liberty students who don’t follow social distancing will not be punished. Liberty is at 1% with an infection and if Liberty gets to 5% then the school will go to virtual learning. If you would like to read more you can go to, “More than 1,000 Liberty University students, employees either in or instructed to quarantine.”
What About the COVID-19 Stats for the Year 2020?
The COVID-19 dashboard looks at the facts from September 2 until 16. The question needs to be asked what about the stats for the start of the pandemic forward? Classes began at Liberty on January 13, 2020 and the semester ended on May 8, 2020. In the fall semester of 2020 most of the university came back on the dates between August 20 through 23, 2020. That information that is related to COVID-19 has not been released by Liberty University. If you go to the Virginia Department of Health the numbers for Lynchburg is pretty telling for Virginia. Since the pandemic began there have been over 1,237 cases of COVID-19 with 35 being hospitalized. The question remains how many of those numbers in the 2020 year are Liberty University students or faculty or staff? These are gaps this blog is identifying and if someone can communicate this information to me this blog would like to write about it. The email address is firstname.lastname@example.org
Recalling What Jerry Falwell Jr Said About COVID-19 or How Liberty Responded in the Spring of 2020
When it comes to COVID-19 Jerry Falwell Jr said a number of things that were quite troubling about COVID. Or he had policy decisions that this blog would regard as being reckless and endangering to students and staff at Liberty. When the COVID-19 pandemic was spreading across the United States Jerry Falwell Jr dismissed it and claimed that the virus was invented by North Korea and China and that the pandemic was another attempt to remove President Trump. Jerry Falwell Jr did this on Fox News. You can read more in, “On Fox Jerry Falwell Jr Claims that COVID-19 Is a Biological Weapon Created by North Korea and China. Plus The Controversial Liberty Leader States that the Coronavirus is Another Effort to Remove President Trump.” Jerry Falwell Jr took heat for bringing people back to campus when the pandemic was ongoing. Local officials were told otherwise. You can read more about this at, “Jerry Falwell Jr is Keeping Liberty University Open as Local Officials and Marybeth Davis Baggett Plead Otherwise. Remember if its Christian It Must Be Better. That Applies to the Bodybags Liberty Will Use During a Pandemic.” You can read the push back that Marybeth Baggett gave to Jerry Falwell Jr and Liberty to the school staying open. You can read that in, “Preserving Some of the Facebook Messages Sent to Marybeth Baggett From Staff Concerned About Liberty University Being Open During the COVID-19 Pandemic.” Then in early April of 2020 it was learned that Liberty was dealing with COVID-19. You can read more in, “Liberty University is Dealing With COVID-19. Did Falwell Needlessly Expose Students to Harm? And Why Didn’t Dr. Thomas W. Eppes Advocate to Close the School?“