UNH locks down to stop spread of COVID-19

Published: 2/11/2021 5:06:47 PM

The University of New Hampshire will increase safety restrictions in an attempt to slow the rampant spread of COVID-19, James Dean, UNH president, announced Thursday. 

As of 6 p.m Thursday, the Durham campus will transition into “orange mode of operation,” which bars gatherings with more than 6 people, spectators at hockey games, and in-person classes. 

Dean said the transition is due to a “dramatic and sustained rise in the number of positive COVID-19 cases.” On Wednesday, the university reported 195 active cases of the virus, the highest number cases the school has seen during the pandemic. More than 400 students are currently quarantining.

“We are seeing the consequences of COVID fatigue and its impact on our ability to offer additional in-person opportunities,” Dean said in a letter to students. “If the numbers continue to climb we will have to put additional measures in place.”

The Law campus in Concord and the Manchester campus will maintain its current safety guidelines. 

Teddy Rosenbluth

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