Sacred Heart dorm residents under ‘precautionary quarantine’ following positive COVID-19 cases

An entire freshman residence hall at Sacred Heart University is under a "precautionary quarantine" after several students tested positive for COVID-19.

News 12 Staff

Sep 18, 2020, 9:36 PM

Updated 1,362 days ago

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An entire freshman residence hall at Sacred Heart University is under a "precautionary quarantine" after several students tested positive for COVID-19.
Random testing resulted in five cases of the virus at Merton Hall, which houses approximately 300 students.
The school is currently testing all the building’s residents. Results are expected no later than Saturday morning. That's when the school will decide whether to lift the quarantine.
Infected students were moved to Sacred Heart's West Campus at the old GE headquarters.
All residents in Merton Hall are asked to stay in their rooms except to use designated bathrooms. Students told News 12 that they received care packages to help them get through their quarantine.
SHU Public Safety Director Gary MacNamara says all cases have been asymptomatic. At this point, Sacred Heart is not testing anyone the students might have been in class with. The school believes that the risk of spread is low due to mask wearing and social distancing measures. Students who spoke with News 12 agreed.
“I'm happy about how the school has handled it so far, and I think they're doing better than a lot of other schools that I've heard,” said Sheila Moloney.


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