November 30, 2020
Laura Midkiff, a junior at McDaniel College, said her decision to return to campus this fall during the COVID-19 pandemic was difficult. The Westminster resident said she could have commuted but she would have missed living on campus with her peers.
It wasn’t until she saw the college’s outlined policy that helped her make the decision to return. It was a decision she did not regret by the time the semester wrapped up.
“I think overall, the school has done really well handling COVID,” she said. “All the restrictions put in place, to me, seemed reasonable to prevent the spread.” And it did.
While some colleges or universities were forced to cease hybrid learning, close campuses and have a virtual fall semester, McDaniel College completed the semester with fewer than 30 COVID-19 cases and zero in-classroom transmissions. Students are finishing their finals and headed home this week.
As of Tuesday morning, McDaniel, with 1,800 students, has had a cumulative 27 COVID-19 cases since students returned to campus Aug. 14 with the school’s wellness center having administered 3,000 tests.