SIU extends spring break as Illinois’ COVID-19 cases reach 25

As a precautionary measure against COVID-19, Southern Illinois University Carbondale has extended their spring break until March 22. On March 23, SIU will offer classes online or through other means.

Southern Illinois University Communications Officer Rae Goldsmith said there may be a news conference to discuss the University’s course of action for COVID-19 on Thursday, March 12. No time or place has been decided.

She has directed all questions to SIU’s website. https://shc.siu.edu/coronavirus/campus-messages.php

If you have questions regarding SIUs’ plan, email SIU at [email protected]

SIU System President Dan Mahony said there has been no confirmed cases of the virus among faculty, staff or students.

“During this time period in which students are asked to participate in social distancing, the Universities and System office will remain open and will continue normal business operations,” Mahony said.

Interim Chancellor John Dunn said in a letter to students and faculty there are many “unknowns” about the virus.

“We will continue to monitor recommendations from state and national health agencies and adjust course as needed,” Dunn said.

On Wednesday, Governor JB Pritzker announced six new confirmed cases of COVID-19, bringing Illinois’ total cases to 25.