COVID-19: The latest news from Boise State
Updated April 3, 2020
On Monday, March 16, Boise State University began delivering all Spring 2020 courses remotely through the end of the semester in an unprecedented campus move to help Idaho slow the spread of the coronavirus (COVID-19).
On Thursday, March 19 the university announced it would be taking additional steps to mitigate the spread of COVID-19 in the Boise metro area. The changes include urging the small percentage of students remaining in on-campus dormitory-style housing to relocate if at all possible and closing all facilities to the general public.
On Friday, March 20 the university was notified today that a member of the campus community tested positive for COVID-19, and an emergency alert was sent to all students, faculty and staff. It is the first confirmed case on campus.
Boise State is following the recommendations from the State of Idaho Coronavirus task force and asking all members of our community comply with the Governor’s stay-at-home order effective immediately to help stem the spread of the virus.
Current operations at Boise State
Beginning Saturday, March 14, the university is postponing, cancelling or moving online all campus events through the beginning of May — including the university’s signature recruiting event, Bronco Day, which will be reimagined as a virtual experience for potential students and their families from around Idaho and the country. Commencement, originally scheduled for May 9, will be reimagined as a digital event.
The university is urging the small percentage of students remaining in on-campus dormitory-style housing to relocate if at all possible — though accommodations will be made for those who cannot. Exceptions will be made on a case-by-case basis for those students who may be facing homelessness, subject to visa restrictions, facing unsafe living situations, facing health concerns that may put them at risk, or working in the healthcare field in a position providing direct patient care. For the most up-to-date housing information, visit the Housing and Residence Life website.
Buildings and Operations
All facilities will close to the general public, including the Student Union Building and the Albertsons Library, and Bronco ID cards will be required for access across campus. For a current list of closures and operations, visit the campus services status webpage.
In addition, on the advice of state and federal public health experts, effective March 13 Boise State is also suspending all official university travel through the end of the Spring 2020 semester, with the potential for approval of exceptions through divisional vice presidents.
What the CDC is saying
The Center for Disease Control continues to advise fundamental precautions – social distancing, handwashing, covering sneezes and coughs with an elbow, not touching faces – and they are regularly updating and refreshing online resources, available to the public, with the latest information and updates.
“I understand the personal toll this is taking on our students, our faculty and our staff. We will continue to do all we can to serve our students and our community through this crisis,” – Boise State president Dr. Marlene Tromp
Update March 27, 2020
Boise State University is committed to doing everything to ensure the health and safety of students, faculty and staff. Due to an abundance of caution, university leadership has made the proactive decision not to offer any on ground, face-to-face classes for the summer 2020 session.
Update March 25, 2020
Following the guidance of Idaho’s public health experts, Governor Brad Little issued a statewide stay-home order today for all Idahoans. He also signed an extreme emergency declaration, which allows the state to more effectively increase health care capacity, take steps to reduce and slow coronavirus spread, and take rapid and decisive steps to improve the condition of Idahoans whose job and incomes are being harmed by the pandemic. The statewide stay-home order is effective immediately and will remain in effect for 21 days. Governor Little and public health officials will evaluate later whether to extend the order past 21 days.
Update March 23, 2020
In the interest of public health, and following the City of Boise’s local disaster emergency, Mayor McLean issues a Social Distancing order for Boise. The Social Distancing Order will take effect at 12 a.m. March 24, and remains in effect for 30 days.
Update March 20, 2020
Update March 19, 2020
Boise State takes additional steps to preserve safety on campus and help slow the spread of coronavirus in Idaho’s largest city
Update March 16, 2020
- Mayor McLean Announces Closure of City of Boise Facilities
- Governor, Legislature advance additional $1.3 million to ensure continuity of essential government services amid coronavirus concerns
Update March 13, 2020
- Boise State Will Deliver All Courses Remotely For The Remainder Of The Spring Semester; Research, Most Other Functions Will Continue
- Governor Little issues statement following first confirmed case of coronavirus in Idaho
- Idaho State Board of Education Back Institution Plans for Online Instruction in Wake of Coronavirus
- Governor Brad Little declares a State of Emergency in Idaho to free up resources to help fight the spread of COVID-19.
Update March 12, 2020
- Statement Regarding Athletic Events
- The Idaho Department of Health and Welfare has posted Interim Guidance for Mass Gatherings and Public Events in Idaho (PDF).
Update March 10, 2020
See this page for archived updates.