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COVID-19 fears prompts students to cancel spring break trips

Some students at Hope college are canceling upcoming trips as concerns over the virus grow
Posted at 4:52 PM, Mar 11, 2020
and last updated 2020-03-11 17:11:39-04

HOLLAND, Mich. — Some students at Hope college are canceling upcoming trips as concerns over COVID-19 continue to grow.

"Because we are a people grounded in a true hope, a living hope it means we can respond to this not out of fear or anxiety,” the school's president Matthew Scogin said in a video message to students Tuesday. “In my own view, almost as bad as the virus itself is the quote virus of fear that's spreading around the world with it.”

But fear of crossing paths with the coronavirus is already causing some students to cancel trips they had planned.

One student, Mitch Gayler, told FOX 17 Tuesday that COVID-19 had affected his plans for an upcoming internship.

“I was going to go to London this summer for an internship and I had to cancel that and spring break cancellations on plans, like that," he said.

"I was going to go to California but it's really bad in California so we decided against that. So I just hope that everyone who goes off-campus over break gets back safely and hopefully disease free," another student, Grant Wagner, said.

Mackenzie Hesder said a lot of her friends were devastated over their mission trips and music trips being canceled because of the virus.

Others though say they aren't changing plans at this point.

Luke Shoemaker said “A lot of the people at Hope do mission trips, so a lot of those have been canceled but I’m still going with my track team down to Florida”. His friend Jenna Currier had similar thoughts, saying, "I haven’t canceled any spring break plans, I’m still going to Florida.”

And while there was still a sense of business as usual at Hope College Tuesday, it was clear that the Coronavirus was on the minds of all the students speaking to FOX 17.