Wisconsin-La Crosse halts classes for 2 weeks due to virus

The University of Wisconsin-La Crosse on Sunday suspended in-person undergraduate instruction for two weeks, citing an increase of COVID-19 cases.

The school said in a release it is requiring face coverings on all campus property, whether indoor or outdoor, and is expanding a previous edict for shelter in place that was limited to one residence hall, the Journal Sentinel reported.

Classes are now scheduled to resume in-person instruction on Sept. 28. Graduate courses will continue in their current pre-established mode.

Last week, the University of Wisconsin in Madison also paused in-person instruction for two weeks just one week into students’ return to campus following a surge of COVID-19 cases.

State health officials on Sunday confirmed 1,582 new cases of the coronavirus, for a total of 89,185 positive tests. One new death was reported, increasing the number of fatalities from the disease to 1,210.