SOUTH ORANGE, NJ — Just days after students returned to campus for the spring semester, Seton Hall University's Health Intervention and Communication Team emailed students warning the rising COVID-19 numbers among students on and off campus could cause the school to tighten prevention methods, The Setonian has reported.

The article said “Seton Hall’s measures could include 'quarantine for parts of or entire residence halls, pausing in-person social programs or academic instruction, or making a campus-wide stay at home declaration,' though did not mention at what point the University may decide to take such actions.”

Article author Nicholas Kerr also noted, “So far, the University has detected 33 cases of COVID-19 in resident students and 37 cases in students who live off campus since Jan. 1. So far, the HICT dashboard has not indicated how many, if any, of the cases are related.”

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All cases are assigned to where the patient is currently living; therefore, off campus students not living in South Orange are not counted in the Village. As of the latest update of the South Orange COVID-19 Information Portal, on Feb. 11 South Orange had 609 cumulative COVID-19 cases; the seven-day average for new cases is down from a high of 7.29 on Dec. 20 to 3.29 on Feb. 11.

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