Eight new COVID-19 cases among university students

WESTFIELD- Westfield State University reported eight confirmed COVID-19 cases April 5, bringing the school’s semester total to 94. 

All eight of those who tested positive were students, but Westfield State officials have not said how many of those students are residents living on campus and how many are commuters living in surrounding communities. 

The eight new cases is a slight increase from last week’s count of five confirmed cases. Early in the semester, three university employees tested positive for COVID-19, but no employees have tested positive in several months. 

Westfield State still maintains a moderate COVID-19 alert level, meaning that there is low to moderate spread of COVID-19 on campus but that campus conditions are well-controlled to mitigate the virus’ spread. Westfield State has been at a moderate alert level since the first cases were detected early in the semester. 

Residential students who test positive for COVID-19 are sent to Lansdowne Place on Thomas Street if they cannot make arrangements to quarantine at their own homes.

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