MERIDIAN, Idaho — Idaho State University Meridian campus has canceled classes and closed community-facing clinics on March 13 for cleaning. A student who attends class at the Meridian location recently returned from an out-of-state conference where a case of COVID-19 was confirmed.
The student and around a dozen other members of the campus community are currently in self-isolation. All affected people have been notified.
The Meridian campus is currently short on custodial staff, so the university is bringing in a crew through the weekend to clean the facility fully. The student accessed minimal areas within the facility. There is no indication the student had contact with or entered the West Ada School District part of the building.
All faculty, staff, students and visitors on the Meridian campus have been asked to go home. University employees affected by the campus closure will receive paid administrative leave. Classes are canceled until March 16.
Distance-learning classes originating from Meridian have been canceled and courses transmitted from Pocatello and other ISU campus locations may be attended using Zoom video conferencing.
For assistance with Zoom, students are encouraged to reach out to their instructors. At this time, students will be excused from class if attendance is not practical using distance-learning means.