WALTHAM, MA — Bentley University is implementing new regulations, including limiting sports, requiring masks on campus and no visiting residents halls, after a spike this week in the number of coronavirus cases.
“Unfortunately, in order to reduce the risk of further outbreaks, new measures will be required on campus,” said Dean Andrew Shepardson in an email to students.
On Wednesday —the same day the city issued an emergency public health order — 12 students tested positive out of 1,015 tested. Tuesday, eight students tested positive. Monday it was just one. The school has been administering weekly coronavirus testing since Aug. 17. Until Tuesday, the largest number of people who had tested positive was three. As of Thursday there were 66 students in quarantine and 23 in isolation, according to school data.
At nearby Brandeis University, there are three students in isolation and 14 students in quarantine. One student tested positive this week for the virus, out of 3,003 people tested.
Although all students at Bentley are required to get tested for the coronavirus each week, on Friday all first year students were required to get a second test, because, according to the school’s provost and vice president for academic affairs, Donna Maria Blancero, the recent positive cases were all first year students.
On Thursday evening the school sent out an email to students on campus detailing the changes that are set to continue “until at least Oct. 25.” In person classes and dining at dining halls will still be allowed.
“We are weeks away from Thanksgiving break, and it will take our collective efforts to ensure we do not have to cut the on-campus portion of the fall trimester short,” said Shepardson in the email.
The surge on Bentley’s campus mirrors the increase in cases in Waltham, considered a high risk city, and across the state. Wednesday night Waltham’s Board of Health issued an emergency health order requiring face coverings in an effort to help mitigate the spread of the virus.
Those who do not adhere to the order face getting slapped with a $300 fine.
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