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College of Wooster moves classes online after positive COVID-19 cases

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Posted at 4:24 PM, Oct 12, 2020
and last updated 2020-10-12 16:24:34-04

WOOSTER, Ohio — The College of Wooster is moving its classes online after a string of positive COVID-19 cases.

The college has also canceled athletic practice and is moving dining to take-out only.

Students that have tested positive or reported symptoms are in isolation, and their close contacts were being moved to quarantine.

The college said the changes will remain in place for a week and will be re-evaluated on Friday.

Between Oct. 1 and Saturday, the college administered 509 COVID-19 tests, and nine individuals tested positive, according to the school's COVID-19 dashboard.

"At this time, the cases seem to be related to two clusters of individuals with connected living and social circles, rather than to broader community transmission," President Sarah Bolton said.

Since the start of the school year, 21 students have tested positive for the virus.

As part of the changes, all gatherings must be held remotely, student employees will work remotely and a maximum of two students can be in a common room or kitchen space inside residence halls.

The library will only be available for remote access.

The college said that any student that goes home and then tests positive for COVID-19 will have to remain home for 14 days before they can return to school.

To read more about the campus changes in place, click here.

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