Ticked off: WVU researchers target Lyme disease vaccine with aid of $1.9M federal grant

The presence of ticks have increased in recent years, as Lyme disease cases have tripled in the U.S. since the late 1990s. A team of WVU researchers, with the aid of a $1.9 million grant from the National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases, is developing a vaccine that may prevent humans from contracting the tick-borne illness.

WVU moves undergraduate classes online through Sept. 25 on Morgantown campus, reduces in-person activities

In-person classes will be canceled on West Virginia University’s Morgantown campus Tuesday, Sept. 8. Online classes will continue as usual, as will University operations. Staff and faculty should report to work as usual. Beginning Wednesday, Sept. 9, all undergraduate courses in Morgantown, with the exception of those Health Sciences courses with students already engaged in clinical rotation, will move online through Friday, Sept. 25. Graduate and professional courses will continue to be offered in person.

WVU suspends 29 students for COVID-19-related violations, additional sanctions pending

Twenty-nine West Virginia University students are being placed on immediate interim suspension amid ongoing COVID-19-related investigations. Additional sanctions are pending for at least 30 others. The latest actions follow more reports to the University and social media posts showing large parties Friday and Saturday nights (Sept. 4-5) at fraternities not recognized by WVU.

UPDATE: WVU Starbucks location to reopen after being temporarily closed for COVID-19 exposure

The Starbucks location at The Market @ UPlace will reopen on Sept. 18. The location was temporarily closed on Sept. 2, following a COVID-19 exposure at the storefront. The location underwent a deep cleaning after the exposure and has been deemed safe to reopen. Beginning Sept. 18, Starbucks will resume normal hours of operation (7 a.m. to 9 p.m. Monday through Friday and 9 a.m. to 7 p.m. Saturday and Sunday).

WVU provides additional COVID-19 testing information

West Virginia University is providing additional COVID-19 data to help the campus and surrounding community have a better understanding of positive test results, monitoring and response protocols.