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Holy Cross takes measures to tamp down coronavirus outbreak following dozens of new cases

Contact tracing shows that of at least 40 new cases, most are linked to outdoor gatherings of students during warmer weather and Easter break travel, the Jesuit school in Worcester said Friday.

The College of the Holy Cross has restricted all in-person activities, including varsity sports, until at least Wednesday in response to dozens of new COVID-19 cases on campus.

Contact tracing shows that of at least 40 new cases, most are linked to outdoor gatherings of students during warmer weather and Easter break travel, the Jesuit school in Worcester said Friday.

Classes will be held remotely, the library is closed, and Sunday Mass will be livestreamed.

Students who live off campus will not be allowed on, except for coronavirus testing and visits to health services, or to pick up food from the dining hall.

Students who violate the restrictions face “serious consequences,” the school said.

“We’ve noticed more close contacts converting to positive cases than earlier in the year. More students who test positive are also reporting more serious symptoms than in the past,” the school said.

The college, with about 3,000 students, will reevaluate restrictions Wednesday.

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