PC students living off campus must learn remotely after several positive test results, school says


PROVIDENCE, R.I. (WPRI) ─ A number of Providence College students living off-campus have tested positive for COVID-19, a spokesperson for the school confirmed Tuesday.

The spokesperson tells 12 News at least 15 students tested positive and an exact number will be posted on the school’s website as soon they have it.

“We are moving aggressively to contain this situation, according to our isolation and quarantine protocols,” the spokesperson said. “Contact tracers are reaching out to all close contacts of those who tested positive.”

As a result, the school has asked all students living off-campus to learn remotely until they produce a negative test result, and to only visit campus as instructed for testing.

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In a message from Dean Steven Sears, off-campus students, excluding those who have tested positive or are currently under quarantine at their permanent home, are required to report to the College’s testing center in Peterson Recreation Center between 8 a.m. and 1 p.m. on Wednesday, Sept. 16.

The message says this applies even if an off-campus student has received a negative result from an off-campus test.

School officials are also asking those who tested positive at an off-campus site to immediately notify the Student Health Center (ckellehe@providence.edu) by emailing a screen shot or photo of the test result, along with a cell phone number they can be reached at.

Students are asked to isolate in their rooms until they hear back from the health center.

The dean says while some of the positive test results were obtained by the college’s surveillance testing of off-campus students, others were reported to the college by the RI Department of Health or directly from students.

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