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Utah State University Preparing To Increase Mitigation Measures If Needed

Utah State University President Noel Cockett released information on Saturday about ways the university would approach a Level 1 status in efforts to continue mitigation for the coronavirus pandemic.

USU is currently operating in Level 2. A Level 1 status means all functions will be performed remotely and off-site except functions designated as on-site essential.

If a USU campus or center moves to Level 1:

- USU administrators will identify which employees will provide essential on-site functions (such as security, animal care, on-campus housing, etc.) Those employees designated as essential for on-site work will be contacted by their supervisors. Public health guidelines for social distancing and increased sanitation will continue to be implemented to protect all essential on-site employees.

- All other employees who are able to work remotely will do so (using email, phone, or other online platforms.)

- All employees (wage-hourly and benefitted) who cannot perform their work remotely or do not have an assignment that is designated as on-site essential will be paid through "COVID-19 administrative leave." Supervisors will provide more details on this in the near future.

For students who live in on-campus housing:

- Residence halls will remain open to students living on campus, and essential services will continue even under Level 1 status.

- Public health guidelines for social distancing and improved sanitation will continue to be implemented to protect students and staff.

At 14-years-old, Kerry began working as a reporter for KVEL “The Hot One” in Vernal, Utah. Her radio news interests led her to Logan where she became news director for KBLQ while attending Utah State University. She graduated USU with a degree in Broadcast Journalism and spent the next few years working for Utah Public Radio. Leaving UPR in 1993 she spent the next 14 years as the full time mother of four boys before returning in 2007. Kerry and her husband Boyd reside in Nibley.