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Bristol University quarantines 300 students in halls of residence after 40 test positive

The Wills Memorial Building, part of Bristol University. Bristol confirmed an outbreak among students in halls of residence (Getty Images)
The Wills Memorial Building, part of Bristol University. Bristol confirmed an outbreak among students in halls of residence (Getty Images)

Bristol University has confirmed 300 students are being quarantined in their halls of residence after an outbreak of COVID-19.

Some 40 students tested positive at The Courtrooms residence, and all students living there have been asked to isolate.

The news comes after it emerged that more than 1,000 Newcastle University students tested positive for coronavirus over the past week.

A total of 254 students and three staff members are confirmed to have tested positive at Bristol University.

Students have been asked to remain in their flats and only socialise with people in their “living circle”.

The university said it is offering “full support” to those affected and isolating students will have food and laundry delivered to their doors.

Professor Sarah Purdy, pro vice-chancellor for student experience at The University of Bristol, said: “The health and safety of our students is a top priority at this very difficult and challenging time.

“We have been actively monitoring coronavirus case numbers across the university community throughout the pandemic and have implemented a range of planned, increasing measures to reduce the risk of the virus spreading.

“This has included the self-isolation of a number of living circles within our residences.”

Coronavirus: More than 1,000 students at Newcastle University have tested positive over the past week

She went on: “Having reassessed case numbers with colleagues from the Public Health Team today, we have decided that further measures are appropriate at this stage.

“We know this is a stressful situation and full support is being offered to those affected. This is available 24/7 via our Student Support and Wellbeing teams.”

By last Friday, more than 50 universities in the UK had confirmed cases of coronavirus, with a survey suggesting that more than 2,500 COVID-19 cases had been identified among students and staff.

That number is likely to have greatly increased as cases across the UK continue to soar.

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Total of 106 students, 57 staffers test positive for COVID in Massachusetts schools over the last week, education officials report

Massachusetts school districts have reported 106 new coronavirus cases over the last week among students who are learning in-person or through hybrid instruction, according to the Massachusetts Department of Elementary and Secondary Education.

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Additionally, DESE reports 57 new COVID-19 cases among district staff members. The new cases reflect reporting between Oct. 1 through Oct. 7 across school districts, charter schools, collaboratives and approved special education schools.

The data includes positive cases for students in hybrid or in-person learning models, excluding students in districts that are learning only remotely. Staff cases include employees who have been in a district building within the seven days before the report of the positive case.

Notably, there were eight new cases among students in Haverhill schools, five among students in Hudson schools and Burlington schools and four among students in Hingham schools. Every other district saw three or fewer new cases, with the vast majority reporting none.

There were six reported cases of the virus among staff members in Milton schools, with two COVID-positive students as well.

Tyngsborough schools report three staff members infected with virus, but no new cases among students.

The state has started releasing coronavirus cases among Massachusetts college students, which it does on Wednesdays, along with data on town-by-town cases of the virus and high-risk communities.

The latest data comes as the number of Massachusetts communities that are now considered “high risk” for COVID spread increased to 40 on Wednesday.

Communities in the high risk category have had more than eight new daily cases per 100,000 residents over the last 14 days. As of Oct. 7, they include: Acushnet, Amherst, Attleboro, Avon, Boston, Brockton, Chelmsford, Chelsea, Dartmouth, Dracut, Dudley, Everett, Framingham, Haverhill, Holyoke, Hudson, Kingston, Lawrence, Leicester, Lowell, Lynn, Malden, Marlborough, Methuen, Middleton, Nantucket, New Bedford, North Andover, Plymouth, Randolph, Revere, Southborough, Southbridge, Springfield, Sunderland, Waltham, Webster, Winthrop, Woburn and Worcester.

DESE releases updated data on Thursdays.

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Ottawa County special education school closes after staff member tests positive for coronavirus

ALLENDALE, MI – The Ottawa Area Center, a public school serving students with cognitive impairments, is closed to in-person instruction for one week after a staff member tested positive for the coronavirus.



a person in a blue blanket: Registered Nurse Hailey Allen changes gloves while testing patients for coronavirus (COVID-19) at the Mercy Health Saint Mary's drive-through testing center in Grand Rapids on Tuesday, April 28, 2020. Patients must have a doctor's order to receive a test. Mercy Health also offers a testing site in Muskegon.


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Registered Nurse Hailey Allen changes gloves while testing patients for coronavirus (COVID-19) at the Mercy Health Saint Mary’s drive-through testing center in Grand Rapids on Tuesday, April 28, 2020. Patients must have a doctor’s order to receive a test. Mercy Health also offers a testing site in Muskegon.

About 50 students and staff have been placed in quarantine following the positive test result, according to a news release issued by the Ottawa Area Intermediate School District (OAISD) on Wednesday, Oct. 7.

The suspension of in-person instruction is effective Thursday, Oct. 7 through Friday, Oct. 16, district officials said. The school will use remote learning during the facility’s closure.

The school, located at 10160 96th Ave., serves around 200 students ranging from ages 3 to 26 with moderate to severe cognitive impairments, according to the OAISD website.

The facility will remain vacant until Oct. 9 out of an abundance of caution, according to a letter sent to Ottawa Area Center parents. The facility will then undergo deep cleaning in preparation for the building’s reopening.



A certified medical assistant places a swab into a vile for people tested for coronavirus at a Flint drive-thru testing site April 15, 2020 at Atwood Stadium in Flint.


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In-person instruction will resume Monday, Oct. 19, according to the parent letter.

“I cannot emphasize enough how important it is to us that we provide a safe and healthy environment for our students and staff,” Ottawa Area Center Director JoAnne Thorsen and Assistant Director Julia Plaggemeyer wrote in the letter to parents.

“We will continue to work closely with our local health officials to maintain that high standard.”

The Ottawa County Department of Public Health said there is no evidence the staff member who tested positive was exposed to COVID-19 on school property, according to the letter.

There have been 3,602 confirmed coronavirus cases reported in Ottawa County since March 15, of which 2,591 cases have since recovered, according to the county’s COVID-19 data dashboard. The county has confirmed 64 deaths linked to the coronavirus.

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New Polish Education Minister Tests Positive for Coronavirus | World News

WARSAW, Poland (AP) — The official swearing-in of Poland’s reshuffled government was postponed until Tuesday and some members were put into quarantine after one of the ministers tested positive for COVID-19.

The ceremony conducted by President Andrzej Duda had been planned at the Presidential Palace for Monday afternoon, but the new education minister, Przemyslaw Czarnek, said early in the day he had a headache and a test showed he was infected with the coronavirus. He went into quarantine.

Prime Minister Mateusz Morawiecki asked that the swearing-in be postponed, and it was moved to Tuesday afternoon, in the Presidential Palace gardens. Czarnek won’t attend.

Spokesman Piotr Mueller said that health authorities ordered four other government members who have had contact with Czarnek to go into 10-day quarantine. Mueller said the government work won’t suffer. because for some time now Cabinet sessions have been held remotely and online.

Poland is seeing a high rise in the number of registered COVID-19 cases, with more than 2,000 new cases diagnosed each day in recent weeks.

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