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Students Prepare to Safely Head Home

Many college students will be returning back to our area for Thanksgiving next week, which means many of them are taking precautions to avoid bringing COVID-19 home with them.

Breanna Berkebile is a graduate student at Emerson College in Boston, Massachusetts, and she’s hoping to return home to the Johnstown area to celebrate Thanskgiving with her family.

“I’m really close with my family, and that’s why I always try and visit at least once during the semester. This was my first time actually being away,” Breanna said.

The only thing standing between her and coming back to PA: a negative COVID-19 test.

“If it’s negative, fingers crossed, I’ll be coming home,” Breanna said.

Bri Bray is also returning to the Johnstown area from Washington and Jefferson College, who says she’s been even more cautious than normal before returning home for the holidays.

“I’m not going to see my grandparents for at least a week just to make sure I don’t have any symptoms. I’m constantly checking my temperature here on campus and doing daily screenings every day,” Bri said.

Johnstown native Sophie Hochfeld will soon be coming home from Temple University in Philadelphia.

She said she’s already done a COVID-19 test, is quarantining as much as she can at school, will quarantine again when she gets home, and is even traveling in a way to avoid the holiday crowds.

“I usually take the Amtrack train home, but my parents decided to come pick me up on this coming Saturday,” Sophie said.

Many of these students say they’ll be learning virtually for the rest of this semester after Thanksgiving, and they won’t set foot back on their campuses until the new year.

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