OAKLAND CITY, Ind. (Inside INdiana Business) – Oakland City University is joining the list of Hoosier institutions detailing reopening plans. The university says planning and preparations are underway to hold in-class sessions for the fall semester at its main campus in Oakland City as well as its Adult Professional Studies campuses.
The university says its campuses will return to normal staff operations on June 1. The university has instituted personal protective equipment and social distancing protocols, as well as increased cleaning and disinfecting requirements.
President Ron Dempsey says the school has certain advantages because of its smaller student population. He says it can better monitor, detect, and quarantine the campus communities if necessary, and the university can adjust its class distribution and course scheduling.
“In addition, the university is in an area of southwest Indiana that has had a smaller number of cases reported and has excellent health care facilities with ample capacity. I do not believe it is possible to prevent campus constituents from contracting the virus but we will employ all efforts and resources to limit any spread of the virus,” said Dempsey.
The university has learning center campuses in Bedford, Evansville, Rockport, and Jasper.
The university says complete plans for reopening will be available in June.
OAKLAND CITY, Ind. (AP) – A southwestern Indiana man has died from injuries he sustained in a house fire that earlier claimed the lives of his wife and son.
The Jefferson County, Kentucky, Coroner’s Office says Douglas Stephens of Oakland City died Sunday. He was being treated at a Louisville hospital following the fire late Thursday. His age was not immediately available.
Thirty-year-old Connie Stephens and 10-year-old Alexander Stephens died Friday morning at Evansville-area hospitals.
Oakland City Fire Chief Jim Deffendall has said that when firefighters arrived on the scene, flames were coming out of the front of the house and the three family members were inside.