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University of Richmond adds new restrictions to combat rise in COVID-19 cases

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Posted at 1:22 PM, Jan 25, 2021
and last updated 2021-01-25 13:27:16-05

RICHMOND, Va. -- The University of Richmond made some changes to their coronavirus-related restrictions after a rise in the number of positive cases among students.

Administrators announced students that live off campus will not be allowed on the campus, including for classes, until February 8.

Additionally, their card access will also be suspended for the next two weeks.

Students that live on campus are asked not to leave the campus through February 7.

The private university said there were 79 positive COVID-19 cases among their students as of Sunday. They noted most of those positive cases were students that live off campus.

There are some exceptions to students being allowed on and off the campus.

According to the university, students that live on the campus can get an exemption from their college dean for essential trips like doctors’ appointments, employment and grocery shopping.

On-campus students are also still allowed to receive food delivery services, as long as the delivery person does not enter the residence hall or the apartment.

Students that live off campus can return to the campus if they need medical care at the Student Health Center, are participating in mandatory testing or picking up reserved materials from outside of the library.

The school plans on testing all of their undergrad students once every two weeks, starting Monday, as part of their spring semester plan. They're also still asking students to wear masks and stay six feet apart.

More information about the restrictions for students can be found here.