by Nathan Dehaan
University of Illinois residents in Barton-Lundgren Halls are being asked to move to another residence hall by September 13th as the newest amendment to the University’s COVID-19 response. The goal? To make room for students who contract the virus to safely quarantine for the duration of their infection.
With university dormitories having lower-than-normal occupancy, especially Barton-Lundgren, the University decided to use these spaces. Current Barton-Lundgren residents will be able to choose a new room from the residence hall of their choice for their cooperation. The new rooms will be singles at the price of a double in Barton-Lundgren, one of the lowest rates on campus.
For many students, contracting the coronavirus not only means being sick and potentially feeling a wide range of symptoms, but that also means being asked to quarantine from the rest of the world, as hard task for undergraduates who live in dorms or large apartment complexes. This new plan seeks to alleviate that uncomfortable situation and keep the campus safer.
Nearly 450 University Housing rooms have been reserved for students to quarantine or isolate for COVID-19 and with over 1,000 new COVID-19 cases on campus since move-in, the University of Illinois is doing everything in its power to both limit the spread of the coronavirus and keep classes in-person.