Lafayette College closes buildings, suspends sports because of increase in positive cases

Lafayette College has closed its library and recreation center and has suspended all sports because of an increase of students testing positing for COVID-19.



a sign on a pole on a city street: Lafayette College has suspended sports and closed its library and recreation center after an increase in students testing positive for COVID-19.


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Lafayette College has suspended sports and closed its library and recreation center after an increase in students testing positive for COVID-19.

According to Lafayette’s COVID-19 dashboard, seven students tested positive Saturday and an additional three tested positive Sunday. Three students also tested positive last week.

In a message to the campus community, Lafayette said the students are being quarantined as the college conducts contact tracing. To date, there have been 19 positive student cases on campus, according to the dashboard.

The Easton college also said it was suspending all eat-in dining and serving meals to-go. Additional cleaning of high-use areas are also being done. The suspensions went into place over the weekend.

On Saturday, director of health services Dr. Jeffrey Goldstein issued a health alert to the campus community. Lafayette started the semester with all classes online, but a limited number of students were allowed to return to campus.

Earlier this month, Lehigh University announced it was going remote for a certain amount of time because of an increase in positive cases.

Morning Call reporter Jacqueline Palochko can be reached at 610-820-6613 or at [email protected]

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