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FSU delays staff, faculty return to campus due to spike in COVID-19 cases

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Posted at 3:26 PM, Jun 29, 2020
and last updated 2020-06-29 15:26:08-04

TALLAHASSEE, Fla. (WTXL) — Florida State University announced Monday that staff and faculty will not return to campus on July 6, as previously announced.

Fifty percent of the university's staff was set to return to campus next Monday.

An email sent by Renisha Gibbs, Associate Vice President for Human Resources and Finance & Administration Chief of Staff, said the following:

The University continues to monitor the impact of COVID-19 on our state and local community and has been working toward a plan for faculty and staff repopulation of campus. The following information relates to faculty and staff returning to campus to perform assigned duties and does not in any way contradict or negate the FSU Fall 2020 Reopening Plan.
After reviewing recent increases in COVID-19 data, including a record setting increase in Leon County over the weekend, the University will not be moving forward as anticipated to the next phase on July 6. Updates will be provided, including a new anticipated date to return faculty and staff to campus for Phase 2 repopulation, as information becomes available.
Departments can continue to allow employees to return to campus as needs arise. Employees who are able to work remotely may continue to do so. Faculty will continue to hold classes online through Summer C.
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FSU strongly encourages employees to take advantage of the opportunity to test on campus at their Drive-Through Testing Site in the Traditions Parking Garage.

"As we continue to monitor the data and consult with health authorities, a new repopulation date will be communicated. Any other necessary adjustments to previously announced dates and timeframes will be communicated as well," the email read.

To register for testing, please visit the University Health Services Testing Site by clicking here.