College of the Holy Cross Shuts Down All In-Person Activities Amid COVID-19 Outbreak

The College of The Holy Cross in Worcester, Massachusetts, has restricted all in-person activities until Wednesday at the earliest due to 40 new cases linked to campus gatherings.

The Massachusetts college’s shutdown include all sports, closure of the library and a virtual Sunday Mass. Students off campus will only be allowed on for COVID-19 tests and pick-up from the dining hall.

The news comes amid a B.1.1.7 variant outbreak among schools in the Midwest. As of Friday, the state of Massachusetts reported a 7-day average around 2,049 new COVID-19 cases. Holy Cross’s current class size is just over 3,000 undergrads.

The Jesuit school’s commencement is five weeks away and is planned to be held in person while adhering to the Commonwealth of Massachusetts’s health and safety standards.

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