Westfield State reports four COVID-19 cases this week

WESTFIELD- Westfield State University reported four new COVID-19 cases this week to bring the semester total to 24 confirmed cases. 

All four cases were Westfield State students. For the second week in a row no university employees have tested positive for COVID-19. 

Twenty-two of the 24 cases at Westfield State so far have been students. Just two cases have been found among school employees and 1,571 tests were administered this week as part of Westfield State’s mandatory weekly testing program. 

While the number of cases rose from just two last week to four this week, the rise should not be considered statistically significant. The percent-positivity rate this week was just 0.255 percent. The semester positivity rate is justy 0.376 percent. Both figures are well below the local and national averages. 

Residential students who tested positive will be quarantining in Lansdowne Place on Thomas Street until they are cleared to return to campus. 

Just 750 Westfield State students returned for in-person learning in the Spring semester.

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