Coronavirus

Mass. college issues stay-in-place order for students in on-campus apartment complex after outbreak

A Massachusetts college issued a stay-in-place order for all students who live at an on-campus student apartment complex after confirming more than a dozen COVID-19 cases among residents.

Students who live at the Flagg Townhouse complex at the Massachusetts College of Liberal Arts in North Adams can leave their residences only to pick up food from the dining program, get medical help or undergo COVID-19 testing, school Vice President Gina Puc said in a statement Wednesday, according to The Berkshire Eagle.

The school has confirmed 13 cases among the complex’s 242 residents.

Residents must attend classes remotely, she said. All other students can continue to attend in-person classes. Students who violate the stay-in-place order face discipline.

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The cluster is being blamed on “close, social contact in settings where masking, social distance, and other CDC mitigation measures are not being followed consistently,” Puc said.

The school has also suspended all athletic activity.

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