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Viterbo buildings remain open so far this fall

Brad Williams

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La Crosse’s private Catholic college is carrying on classes as best it can, while the city is one of the hot spots for COVID-19 around the U.S. 

Viterbo University does not have any buildings closed, nearly a month into the fall semester, and about half of the classes are happening in-person. 

Interim provost Rick Trietley at Viterbo says 76 total cases have been reported on campus, with the peak occurring last week. 

Only 25 per cent of the students are living on-campus, and some students have decided to move back home for now.    

Viterbo has 1400 undergraduate students this fall, with another 1000 in graduate or adult classes. 

Trietley says the V-Hawks fall sports season is going ahead as scheduled, but public events at the Center for the Arts probably will be off for the rest of the calendar year.  

UW-La Crosse remains in a two-week campus lockdown because of a surge in COVID-19 cases. 

Trietley says about 50 per cent of the Viterbo classes are being taught face-to-face at this time, with only 20 per cent presented completely on line. 

A native of Prairie du Chien, Brad graduated from UW - La Crosse and has worked in radio news for more than 30 years, mostly in the La Crosse area. He regularly covers local courts and city and county government. Brad produces the features "Yesterday in La Crosse" and "What's Buried on Brad's Desk." He also writes the website "Triviazoids," which finds odd connections between events that happen on a certain date, and he writes and performs with the local comedy group Heart of La Crosse. Brad been featured on several national TV programs because of his memory skills.

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