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100 quarantined amid COVID cluster at college in Providence

October 1, 2020 GMT

PROVIDENCE, R.I. (AP) — More than 100 students at Johnson & Wales University have been quarantined after 31 people who attend the school’s Providence campus tested positive for COVID-19.

University officials announced the quarantine measures Wednesday evening, adding that the students who tested positive all lived in off-campus housing and are experiencing mild symptoms.

Other COVID-19 clusters have been reported at Providence College and the University of Rhode Island, where students have gathered in groups off-campus.

Rhode Island Gov. Gina Raimondo on says irresponsible behavior by young people is a leading factor in a recent increase in infections. Officials said 170 people had tested positive earlier this week in the highest single-day number since last spring.

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The Rhode Island Department of Health on Thursday reported three new coronavirus deaths and nearly 170 new confirmed cases of COVID-19.

That pushes the total death toll to 1,117, and the number of known cases now surpasses 24,900.

Health officials say 94 patients were hospitalized as of Tuesday, the most recent day for which data was available. Six were in intensive care and seven were on ventilators.