Dozens of new COVID-19 cases have been confirmed at Quinnipiac University, forcing the school to elevate its alert level to “orange.”
University officials said that there have been 55 new cases confirmed among students at Quinnipiac, forcing the school to switch to remote learning through at least the rest of the week.
Of the positive cases, 34 are among on-campus students, 21 are off-campus. There are currently 108 people in isolation due to the latest outbreak.
It is believed that the latest outbreak stems from a Halloween party that was attended by dozens of Quinnipiac students, in violation of the state’s COVID-19 mandates.
All graduate and undergraduate classes will be remote for the rest of the week, except for classes in the Netter School of Medicine. The University will later determine if in-person classes can resume next week.
Students have been instructed to “remain inside their residence halls, apartments or suites as much as possible, and if outdoors, please limit interactions to those with your roommates.
“If you live in off-campus housing, please remain in your house to eliminate contagion within and outside our community.”
Dining has also been moved to takeout only, with food available for grab-and-go pickup during regular hours at dining locations.
“We have seen a continued increase in new COVID-19 cases among students,” officials said. “Therefore, we are elevating our campus alert level to orange and deploying the associated mitigation efforts.
“We are taking these measures in order to reverse the trend in COVID cases,” David Hill, Senior Medical Advisor of Quinnipiac’s COVID-19 Task Force said.
“We recognize that these increased restrictions are inconvenient and challenging, but we know from public health experts and the experiences of other universities that these measures work to stem the tide of infection.”
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