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Assumption University in Worcester locking down campus to mitigate spread of COVID after increase in cases

Assumption University has announced that in agreement with the city of Worcester, a lock-down of the campus is beginning Friday after a spike in coronavirus cases.

The lock down will have students sheltering in place from Oct. 30 until Nov. 6, according to a message from President Francesco Cesareo, who wrote that the measure is necessary to mitigate the spread of the virus.

On Wednesday, the university announced that eight more COVID-19 cases have been detected this week and that 22% of campus residents, or 115 students, were quarantined or in isolation.

With that many students in quarantine or isolation, the Worcester Department of Public Health contacted Assumption to assess the public health situation on campus, according to Cesareo’s message.

Additionally, all students who commute will be remote for the rest of the semester, Cesareo said.

All faculty and staff, aside from essential personnel, will teach and work remotely during

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