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Coronavirus Strikes Tennessee

As the coronavirus continues to spread, communities are making big changes to halt it. According to CNN, all of Italy's 60 million residents are under lockdown.

Vanderbilt University officials announced Monday evening on Twitter and through an email to students that classes are cancelled for the week. After that and until the end of the month, students will take classes online.

@VanderbiltU's announcement that classes are suspended.

The Vanderbilt Hustler reported a Vanderbilt student returned from Barcelona and tested positive for the coronavirus. The student said about 50 Vanderbilt students returned to campus after the trip.

The student believes he contracted the illness in Barcelona; however, cases appeared in Tennessee before this week.

The University of Tennessee at Martin officials are doing what they can to prevent an outbreak on campus.

Dr. Andy Lewter, the Vice Chancellor for Student Affairs, reminded students in an email to practice healthy and safe habits, such as hand washing and a well-rounded diet, in order to avoid getting sick.

All international university trips have been cancelled, along with some domestic travel. UT Martin's orientation staff had plans to travel to Bowling Green, Kentucky, for the Southeast Regional Orientation Workshop on Thursday. Their plans have been cancelled.

In the meantime, according to CNN, officials in China and South Korea believe cases have leveled out. Visit the CDC's website for more information.