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State Health Commissioner has message for college students

Follows Notre Dame's decision to go online
University of Notre Dame plans to reopen campus in fall with altered schedule
Posted at 7:48 PM, Aug 19, 2020

INDIANAPOLIS — Indiana State Health Commissioner Dr. Kristina Box says the University of Notre Dame made the right decision in going to online classes after 147 infections among students since students returnd to campus August 10 were reported.

Speaking in Indianapolis Wednesday, Box said what happened in South Bend is a "perfect example of what happens outside the classroom, outside the lab, outside instruction." "It was a big off-campus party that students attended and a lot of students got infected," said Box.

The commissioner said students must weigh the risk and benefits of their actions. "If they want to have in-person instruction on campus and get their education, there may have to be some changes in the social life."

Notre Dame President the Reverend John Jenkins said he decided against sending students home after consulting with health care experts. Instead, the university is imposing restrictions on student activity,
including limiting access to dormitories to residents and barring students from major gathering places on campus.

The Associated Press contributed to this report.