Providence College’s coronavirus outbreak continues to grow

PROVIDENCE, RI - 9/18/2020 -Their are reports that over 80 Providence College student's have tested positive for Covid-19, and the College has now gone to all remote learning. (Jonathan Wiggs/Globe Staff) Jonathan Wiggs / The Boston Globe

PROVIDENCE, R.I. (AP) — The number of Providence College students who have tested positive for the coronavirus has grown to nearly 160, a school spokesman said Monday.

Widespread student testing over the weekend detected 34 new confirmed cases, spokesman Steven Maurano said. No students have been hospitalized, he said.

The Roman Catholic school’s president announced last week that it would switch to remote-only learning for at least two weeks after more than 120 students, most of whom live off campus, tested positive in three days. The school has about 4,800 students.

Students were told to stay in their rooms or off-campus apartments and to avoid parties or large gatherings.


The state Department of Health is investigating the outbreak, but so far no source has been determined.

“We are at a stage of community transmission of the virus, meaning that it can be very difficult to definitively say how someone got sick, or how an outbreak started,” department spokesman Joseph Wendelken told The Boston Globe.


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