Westfield State reports seven new COVID-19 cases

WESTFIELD- Westfield State University reported seven new confirmed cases of COVID-19 on campus Monday, one week after in-person learning resumed for the first time since the Fall semester. 

Westfield State now has a semester total of 18 cases, though 11 of the cases were detected during the first round of tests when students first arrived back to campus. Six of the new cases were detected in students and one was detected in a school employee. 

Westfield State has administered 3,213 tests since the semester began.

In a message to the campus community Feb. 8, Interim President Dr. Roy H. Saigo said that the Westfield State campus is at a yellow, or moderate, COVID-19 risk level. 

“COVID-19 prevalence is low to moderate and conditions on campus are well-controlled and with strong testing and Lansdowne capacity is sufficient. However, indicators point towards potential challenges in responding to increased rates of transmission on campus as well as the Westfield area transmission rates on the rise,” said Dr. Saigo in his letter.

Westfield State students and employees will be tested for COVID-19 at least once per week. Approximately 750 students returned to campus for the Spring semester. Westfield State typically has a student population of at least 3,000.

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