2020 Midwest LGBTQIA Conference postponed over coronavirus fears

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WHO officially declares virus a pandemic

ST. LOUIS — The 2020 Midwest LGBTQIA Conference, set for March 28 in St. Louis, has been postponed because of concerns over the coronavirus.

Midwest LGBTQ Rights Conference, the organizers, made the announcement on Wednesday on the Facebook event page:

As you may know, with growing concerns surrounding COVID-19 (Corona Virus) universities have begun to implement policies and procedures meant to promote the health and safety of their students. Washington University has joined the list of universities implementing said policies; as such, the 2020 Midwest LGBTQIA Rights Conference has been cancelled for later this month.

The Conference Committee, OUTLaw leadership, and the Administration are working to postpone the Conference until the Fall semester, most likely in November. However, we are currently unsure of whether or not that will happen.

We are incredibly honored and grateful for your willingness to participate in the Conference. We hope that in the event we are able to postpone, we can still count on your support and participation. Please reach out with any questions, comments, or concerns.

The World Health Organization said that the coronavirus was officially a pandemic on Wednesday.

According to the Washington Post, this signals that health experts think people should change from containing the virus to preparing supplies and infrastructure for an influx of patients.

The newspaper reported that 120,000 people worldwide have been infected, with more than 1,000 in the U.S. About 30 people have died from the virus as of Tuesday. Illinois has about 11 cases, all but one in Cook County.

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