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Springfield College pauses in-person activities through Friday

Irene Rotondo

Springfield College announced a pause on all in-person activities on October 29, 2020, for the remainder of Thursday evening and the entirety of Friday (October 30) due to the increase of COVID-19 cases.

An email was sent out to the entire campus community at 7:12 p.m. detailing the expectations students are to follow for the two days.

Students will not be allowed to enter into any other dorm other than their own. All classes will be conducted remotely other than “previously approved lab courses”. The Wellness Center will be closed, all athletics have been halted, and meals from Cheney Dining Hall will be Grab & Go only.

In her email, President Mary-Beth Cooper stated, “The increase in positive COVID-19 cases and in the close contacts identified through our contract tracing process over the last few days are concerning. The health and safety of the campus continues to be our top priority.”

The decision comes just a day after Gulick Hall, a freshman dorm, was put into quarantine for the next two weeks due to an influx of positive cases and approximately 40 close contacts for those cases.

This story will be updated as more information becomes available.

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