Temple classes move online after coronavirus cases spike

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FILE — This May 23, 2019 file photo shows Temple University in Philadelphia. Amid rising numbers of positive coronavirus cases, Temple University announced Thursday, Sept. 3, 2020, that the majority of classes will shift to online through the end of the semester.(AP Photo/Matt Rourke, File)

PHILADELPHIA (AP) — Temple University has announced that the majority of classes will shift online through the end of the semester because of rising numbers of coronavirus cases.

School officials said in an emailed statement Thursday that the university said they had tried in-person classes because students had overwhelmingly expressed a preference to come back to campus.

But after talking to city health officials, the university’s leadership decided to shift about 95% of classes online.

The cases at Temple have been the cause of a recent uptick in cases recorded in the city.

Health Commissioner Thomas Farley said many students testing positive live off-campus.

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