Sacred Heart considers suspending in-person classes as COVID cases climb

FAIRFIELD — Sacred Heart University officials indicated the school could suspend in-person classes if the rate of new coronavirus infections continues to climb.



a group of people standing on a sidewalk: Freshmen arrive on the campus of Sacred Heart University, in Fairfield, Conn. Aug. 25, 2020.


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Freshmen arrive on the campus of Sacred Heart University, in Fairfield, Conn. Aug. 25, 2020.


“The numbers speak for themselves,” President John Petillo said in a video message to the university community Monday.

Petillo said the school could not continue to operate “business as usual,” noting some students have opted to learn remotely, while some parents are calling for the university to suspend in-person classes.

Data from the university’s public dashboard Tuesday afternoon showed 15 new cases of COVID-19 reported in the last 24 hours.

The university reported 114 active cases as of Monday, the most recent testing data available. Of those, 92 are among students living off campus, 22 are among students living on campus.

Petillo said the school has

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