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Salve Regina University moving to online classes after a recent spike in COVID cases

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Salve Regina University announced new restrictions on student social gatherings/activities Wednesday night and will be moving to fully online classes for a two-week period effective tonight through February 16.

All students must remain inside their homes unless they need to leave for essential items – such as food, medicine, exercise, and COVID-19 testing.

“This shelter-in-place order is a direct result of some students failing to comply with basic social gathering guidelines, and the seriousness of this situation cannot be overstated. Further spread of the virus within our campus community may compel Salve Regina to take additional measures, including the closing of campus,” the university said in a release.

“This decision, an effort to contain the spread of coronavirus cases at Salve Regina, is essentially a two-week pause on all university social gatherings and activities, including in-person classes. The recent rise in new positive cases among our undergraduate population is particularly concerning as most can be attributed to existing cases. In the interest of public health, Salve’s Emergency Management Team was compelled to exact these stronger measures for both our on-campus and off-campus students. The new restrictions – including a move to online-only classes – will be reassessed at the end of the pause on Feb. 16.” Salve said.

Salve has seen 33 new positive Covid cases in the last 7 days and 79 new cases since January 1st.