NEW BRUNSWICK, NJ - The organizers of a Rutgers School of Public Health event focusing on the predictability of COVID-19 couldn't have predicted it would be interrupted by the virus itself.

Dr. Nathaniel Hupert's lecture, "Modeling COVID-19 (Coronavirus) in New Jersey: What Can and Cannot Be Predicted," was scheduled to be held at the Environmental & Occupational Health Sciences Building on Busch Campus on Thursday.

But as a precaution, Hupert, who is associate professor of Healthcare Policy and Research and of Medicine at Cornell's Weill Medical College, the associate attending physician of internal medicine at New York-Presbyterian Hospital and co-director of the Cornell Institute of Disease and Disease Prevention, will give the lecture remotely through video conferencing software.

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The lecture will start at noon.

University President Robert Barchi announced that Rutgers is canceling classes Thursday and Friday and will move all course instruction online when students return from spring break on March 23 in response to the coronavirus outbreak.

The 16,000 students living in residence halls in New Brunswick and Piscataway, as well as the students on the Newark and Camden campuses, are instructed to leave as soon as possible and are encouraged to remain off campus until at least Friday, April 3.