University of New Haven dorm quarantined after gathering

WEST HAVEN, Conn. (AP) — The University of New Haven has placed a dormitory under quarantine after several people tested positive for the coronavirus, including someone who attended a large, unauthorized gathering last weekend, school officials said.

The school notified residents of Winchester Hall on Tuesday that they must isolate in their rooms for 14 days because they were potentially exposed to five fellow residents who tested positive, including the person who attended the gathering.

“We have taken this step, out of an abundance of caution, while COVID-19 cases are still quite low, to mitigate the risk of further spread,” school officials said in a notification to students.

The West Haven school had 280 students in quarantine as of Tuesday, including all residents of Winchester Hall and some students in other dorms. School officials said seven people living on campus had tested positive since Monday. Another 69 students who live off campus are being required to quarantine.

Before Monday, only two residential students had tested positive.

School officials said the school has comprehensive public health measures in place and any violations — including attending large unauthorized gatherings — could result in suspension, expulsion from campus housing or dismissal from the school.

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