National State of Emergency Declared as COS Cancels Face to Face Classes

Elijah Perez, Opinion Editor

President Trump has declared a National State of Emergency due to the coronavirus while COS cancels most of its face to face classes.

Yesterday, COS sent out an email stating that most face to face classes are being moved to “alternate formats” such as online or email until at least April 13th, the Monday after spring break was scheduled.

However, campus services will still be available such as the Learning Resource Center and computer labs on all three campuses.

The email also states that all “non-essential” staff travel and student travel will be suspended until April 13th.

Large gatherings are being suspended as well, “In accordance with the Governor’s mandate, all gatherings in excess of 250 people or smaller groups where social distancing of at least six feet cannot be accomplished are being suspended or cancelled through at least April 13.”

President Trump has placed the nation under State of Emergency as of Friday, March 13th. The declaration comes as the U.S. has “surpassed 1,700 confirmed or presumptive cases of the coronavirus, and the death toll climbed to 41” according to NBC.

The State of Emergency will open access to up to $50 billion for “states and territories and localities in our shared fight against this disease” stated by the President.

The State of Emergency comes after a travel ban placed by President Trump applied “only to people who are not U.S. citizens who in the past two weeks have been in European nations that are part of the Schengen Area” according to the New York Times.

President Trump updated on the travel ban stating “the numbers have gone up… we may be adding a couple others and we may frankly start thinking about taking some off.”

The coronavirus has become a growing issue everyday and as President Trump states “the next eight weeks are critical” and “we’re learning a lot for the future and future problems or worse, it could get worse.”