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MSU President Says 42 SOAR Leaders Are Currently Under Quarantine

Scott Harvey

All of Missouri State University’s SOAR orientation sessions for incoming freshmen have been moved online.  That’s after the majority of SOAR leaders were placed under quarantine due to COVID-19.

According to an online letter sent by MSU president, Clif Smart, several SOAR leaders recently tested positive following an off-campus gathering where masking was not observed.  Around 42 people are now under quarantine.  Masks were required during SOAR sessions.

Missouri State is notifying the campus of any positive COVID-19 cases when the individual may have been on campus within 14 days prior to the university’s notification.  No personally identifying details will be provided, according to MSU officials.  Anyone who may have been in close contact with someone who tests positive will be notified.

Michele Skalicky has worked at KSMU since the station occupied the old white house at National and Grand. She enjoys working on both the announcing side and in news and has been the recipient of statewide and national awards for news reporting. She likes to tell stories that make a difference. Michele enjoys outdoor activities, including hiking, camping and leisurely kayaking.