College Of The Holy Cross Pauses Classes, Sports Amid Covid-19 Surge

WORCESTER, Mass. (WBZ NewsRadio) — Students are back in quarantine at the College of the Holy Cross in Worcester as officials deal with a recent spike in Covid-19 cases.

According to the college, students are letting their guard down when it comes to Covid-19 by gathering without masks and not practicing social distancing.

The latest data shows more than 40 new Covid-19 cases on campus in the past week alone -- which has prompted the school to move classes online and cancel all in-person student activities -- including sports.

Off-campus students are not being allowed to come to campus while the quarantine is in effect unless they are getting tested for Covid-19. Libraries and gym buildings are closed, and cafeterias are open for grab-and-go only.

Officials said contact-tracing has shown that outdoor gatherings are the main source of spread -- along with student travel from the Easter holiday. They added that they’ve noticed more students who contract the virus reporting more serious symptoms than others have in the past. 

All students will be taking COVID-19 tests on Monday and Tuesday and a decision will be made on Wednesday for when to resume in-person activities.

In the meantime students are being warned that violating Covid-19 rules on campus will lead to serious disciplinary action.

WBZ NewsRadio's Matt Shearer (@MattWBZ) reports.

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Written by Rachel Armany

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