The Brown and White Weekly: 10/27

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Multimedia Editor Ariana Dimitrakis runs through the week in review in the latest edition of The Brown and White Weekly. Watch the video or follow along below.

With The Brown and White Weekly, I’m Ariana Dimitrakis.

With one week until the election, President Donald Trump held a rally in Northampton County on Monday, and thousands of Lehigh Valley supporters attended. 

Over 80,000 mail-in ballots have been approved so far in the county, with more than half going to registered Democrats. The county voted for former President Barack Obama in 2012 before backing Trump in 2016, which helped Trump narrowly win Pennsylvania in the last election.

The COVID-19 positivity rate at Lehigh has declined. Currently, there are 19 active cases on and off campus. On Oct. 24, Lehigh announced in an email that the university will start to reverse some of its restrictions.

As of Monday, both libraries have reopened with capacity limits, outdoor access to off-campus students has been reinstated, some in-person classes and undergraduate research has resumed and students regained access to classrooms and facilities.

The email said that the five-person limit for gatherings will remain in effect, dining will continue to be takeout, Taylor Gym will remain closed and athletic team practices will remain suspended.

As of Oct. 21, 239 on-campus students had left campus due to the rise in positive COVID-19 cases. Of those students, 12 do not plan to return to campus this semester.

Tom McAndrew, an assistant professor and biostatician in the College of Health, was awarded a grant on Oct. 13 to study COVID-19. He will work to forecast the U.S. COVID-19 pandemic through the Models of Infectious Disease Agent Study.

For The Brown and White, I’m Ariana Dimitrakis.

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