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QU battles COVID-19 by taking precautionary measures

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QUINCY (WGEM) -- Quincy University students have been on campus for one month, and officials say their goal has remained the same.

Since March, officials have done their part to keep students safe and informed on campus during the pandemic.

Quincy University President Brian McGee says they have been diligent when it comes to tracking symptoms.

“We want people to be tested as quickly as possible after we have any indication that they may have COVID-19 so that we can make sure they are quarantined and well cared for," said Brian McGee, Quincy University President.

With 30 active cases on campus, McGee says they are being overly cautious about contact tracing and quarantining students.

“We are quite aggressive with quarantining because we know that's an important public health step to make sure that other people don't get infected and the disease is contained. Right now, we have over 100 students quarantined on campus," said Brian McGee, Quincy University President.

Freshman student Joseph Wachowiak says the university's transparency keeps him informed.

“They send out two e-mails this week talking about the COVID cases and number of people that are quarantined. They do it on a weekly basis they let us know I feel like I know everything that's happening at the university," said Joseph Wachowiak, Quincy University Freshman.

Wachowiak says not only does he feel safe, but he feels the university cares.

“They really care about our health here and I feel like they've done a great job," said Joseph Wachowiak, Quincy University Freshman.

University Officials say students who ignore the COVID-19 guidelines will face disciplinary action.

Qu's real-time active case count and quarantine count can be found on the university's website.

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Jayda Hill

Jayda Hill is a Multimedia Journalist for WGEM News.

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