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Virus Prompts Johnson & Wales To Move To Remote Learning

Snowden Hall on the campus of Johnson & Wales University in Providence is pictured on April 25, 2019. (Lane Turner/The Boston Globe via Getty Images)
Snowden Hall on the campus of Johnson & Wales University in Providence is pictured on April 25, 2019. (Lane Turner/The Boston Globe via Getty Images)

Johnson & Wales University in Rhode Island is moving to fully remote classes and telling students to stay in their dorms or off-campus apartments in an effort to control a coronavirus outbreak, the school announced Monday.

Thirty-eight students who live off campus tested positive for the disease last week and all students will be tested starting Wednesday, the statement said.

Culinary and baking and pastry lab students will be allowed to attend in-person classes Monday and Tuesday only.

“The measures we are taking will help protect our campus community as well as those who live in the neighborhoods where our students reside," President Marie Bernardo-Sousa said in a statement. “Let's continue doing what needs to be done so we can finish the fall semester on track while keeping each other safe and healthy."

Classes will be remote for at least two weeks, she said.

Providence College and the University of Rhode Island have also dealt with outbreaks among students.

Providence College turned to remote-only learning after a COVID-19 outbreak last month affected more than 200 students, most of whom lived off campus.

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