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QU makes changes as COVID-19 cases surge

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QUINCY (WGEM) -- Quincy University's positive COVID-19 cases have doubled in three days, and now officials recommend students and staff avoid dining out.

On Tuesday, the university reported 14 active cases. As of Friday, there are 31 active cases of COVID-19.

QU sophomore Emma Holt said the spike in cases on campus has been a reality check.

“(I) started realizing that it’s actually not a joke and that we need to take it more seriously. And you definitely see people being more careful about who they’re with and who they’re around and wearing a mask, and staying away from people who aren't in your circle," Holt said.

QU President Brian McGee said testing has been ramped up, especially with athletes. He says constant testing may show more cases now, but will help reduce the spread.

“We are testing anyone that's been credibly exposed to somebody with COVID-19 or to people who even a single symptom of COVID-19," McGee said. "We are doing surveillance testing on our student-athletes once every other week in large numbers. And beginning this month we are also testing initially basketball and then later other sports who are entering a competition phase, and they are going to be tested on a weekly basis."

Holt says it’s not about getting it, but who she could pass it along to.

“It’s more about who you’re going to give it versus getting it themselves. Whereas other people who aren’t really thinking about that are just being reckless and not caring about other people around them," Holt said.

To keep track of Quincy University's COVID-19 updates click here.

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Jayda Hill

Jayda Hill is a Multimedia Journalist for WGEM News.

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