Providence College responds to rise in COVID-19 cases

PROVIDENCE COLLEGE has had nearly 100 positive COVID-19 cases this week and has responded by temporarily restricting student movement. / COURTESY PROVIDENCE COLLEGE

PROVIDENCE (AP) Providence College is temporarily restricting student movement in response to a recent increase in confirmed COVID-19 cases on campus.

Students who live both on and off campus are required to limit their activities to essential travel, including going to class, picking up food or groceries, medical appointments, outdoor recreation, and work, President Rev. Kenneth Sicard said in a message to the campus community Thursday.

In addition, visitors are not allowed in dormitories and on-campus students are not allowed to visit off-campus student residences, he said.

The college has had nearly 100 positive cases this week, according to the school’s dashboard.

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“We are experiencing more positive COVID-19 cases than we would like,” Sicard said. “While increased testing is a factor, these additional steps are necessary to ensure that the overall positivity rate stays below the approximately 2% we are currently seeing.”

In-person classes will continue and libraries will remain open.

The private Roman Catholic school has about 4,800 students.

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