Hornets in Quarantine
Grace Cavanaugh ~ Editor in Chief
The University of Lynchburg is set to resume hybrid classes on Monday, Sept. 7. At publication time there are 25 positive COVID-19 cases, 17 of which are on campus, and 80 students in quarantine.
University President Dr. Alison Morrison-Shetler in an email to the campus community on Aug. 28 said, “ I remain optimistic and hopeful that we will begin to see a steady flattening of the number of positive cases and a decrease in the number of our students in isolation and quarantine.”
Mina Work, senior, said, “I was in isolation for 10 days and quarantined for 14. As soon as I realized that I could be getting sick I started to isolate myself and made an appointment at the health center.”
She continued, “The school reacted very quickly in my situation. I went to the health center and everyone there was extremely helpful. Also throughout my quarantine, the health center checked up on me at least every other day and if I needed any type of medication they made sure that they got it to me.”
Hannah Pine, senior, said, “I was in quarantine for 24 hours, maybe less than 24. One of my housemates was exposed, and then the next day she was in isolation.”
While in quarantine on campus, students have meals delivered to their places of residence. Work said, “The meals were decent, just regular meals from the cafe. Also it was nice because they sent out an email that asked for our food preferences so that was nice. And they sent a lot of snacks, water, etc.”
Pine said, “The meals were amazing. I wish they were still giving them to me.
For students worried about academics during quarantine, Work said, “All of my professors were extremely accommodating for me. Granted, most of them I have had before so they know me and stuff like that.”
When asked about advice she would give to someone starting quarantine, Work said, “If I would have any advice for someone going into quarantine, it would be: try your best to keep yourself occupied to the best of your ability but also get a lot of rest. I know for me, it definitely was a hindrance on my mental health, trying to keep up with school work while also just wanting to sleep because I was really sick.”
She continued, “If there’s one thing that I would like to stress, it would be that not every case of this virus is the same. Some cases are more severe than others. I have friends that got the virus and all they had was a runny nose and a cough; however, in my situation, I had to go to the hospital because my breathing got so bad and I had to be put on oxygen for a little bit.”
Pine said, “Do not freak out. They give you great meals from the cafe, lots of drinks and snacks. You cannot leave your house, but you can still attend all your classes, snack a whole bunch, find a good Netflix series and chill out.”
“Overall, If you have a virus, or even if you don’t have the virus, this is a high stress situation for everyone. It’s stressful for the students, the faculty, and the professors and everybody needs to try to stick together and get through this together,” said Work. “I truly believe we will overcome these challenges that we are being faced with and I know this is hard for everybody but we got this!”