Salve Regina University implements shelter-in-place order due to spike in COVID-19 cases

Salve Regina University Has Had Just Two Positive Coronavirus Cases, Fewest Among Colleges In R.i.

NEWPORT, R.I. (WLNE) – Salve Regina University has implemented a shelter-in-place order for all undergraduate students for the next two weeks, due to a recent spike in coronavirus cases.

In a release, the university said this decision comes after more than 30 positive cases were reported within the last week.  University officials said they are deeply concerned about the recent uptick.

“This shelter-in-place order is a direct result of some students failing to comply with basic social gathering guidelines, and the seriousness of this situation cannot be overstated. Further spread of the virus within our campus community may compel Salve Regina to take additional measures, including the closing of campus,” the university said in a release.

All undergraduate students must remain inside their homes unless they need to leave for essential items – such as food, medicine, exercise, and COVID-19 testing.

Additionally, the university will implement a curfew that will be in place from 10 p.m. to 5 a.m. daily.

The shelter-in-place order will begin immediately, starting at 10 p.m. on February 3 until at least February 16.

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