URI sees record rise in coronavirus cases, warns campus community

KINGSTON, R.I (WLNE) – In a letter sent to students and staff, URI alerted them to a sustained rise in positive COVID-19 cases, which could lead to additional restrictions to be put in place.

According to URI, they hit a record of 132 positive cases, with an increased positivity rate of 2% last week.

The university is starting to be concerned with its capacity to provide an adequate quarantine space for those on campus if the trend doesn’t change.

What this means, is the university would be forced to make difficult decisions, and impose additional restrictions.

The school is urging the URI community to recommit and take necessary steps to decrease transmission of the virus.

URI says students who repeatedly violate safety protocols could face a number of different sanctions, including suspension.

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