FRAMINGHAM – Framingham State University started class last Wednesday, September 2.
A week later and 15 are positive for the coronavirus.
UPDATED: University spokesperson said 14 students are positive and one employee at the University, on Thursday September 10.
As of last Friday, September 4, five had tested positive for the coronavirus at the University. Today, September 9, that number has tripled to 15 cases.
Ten individuals tested positive for September 8, after the long holiday weekend. The University conducted 429 COVID tests on September 8 , and 10 individuals tested positive, for a rate of 2.34%. That rate however is lower than the city’s rate of more than 4.8 percent. Framinghamhas been deemed a high-risk community for COVID since the end of August.
The University has tested 2,027 individuals since students returned to campus – 1,999 have tested negative.
the University’s first cases was on August 25. Three more cases were identified on August 30.
Only about 20 percent of students will be living in dorms on campus, said the University.
And those residence halls are only at 40% capacity, due to the pandemic.
A total of 1,226 students are taking at least one course on campus, said University President F. Javier Cevallos.
The University said 10 students are isolated on campus and 6 are isolated off campus.
The University also has another 4 students in quarantine on campus.
About 15 percent of the University’s courses this semester are being offered in-person, versus 85 percent offered remotely, according to the University.