Off-campus PC students must learn remotely after multiple positive test results turned in


PROVIDENCE, R.I (WLNE) -Providence College is cracking down on off-campus students after more than a dozen students tested positive recently for COVID-19. They aren’t taking any chances which is why school officials made all off-campus students get tested on campus Wednesday. Only students who test negative and don’t live in a house with anyone who tested positive, will be allowed back on campus.

According to Steve Maurano, Associate Vice President for Public Affairs, there are somewhere between 675 to 700 off-campus students.

Maurano said the school has a record of all students living off-campus and will make sure all students complied.

“We get results in 24 hours so we thought it would be the fastest way to get results an to ensure our students have easy access to testing,” Maurano said.

Most of the off-campus houses have up to 12 students living together. Even if a student’s results come back negative, they must quarantine and learn remotely if they live in a house with someone who tested positive, according to Maurano.

“We are on this and we think we will be able to contain it and hopefully we will have our off-campus students back on campus within a 2 to 3 week period.”

According to the College’s coronavirus statistics, 22 students and 1 faculty member tested positive for the virus.

There have been 10,795 total tests administered.

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