iBerkshires.com reports Williams College is addressing a "significant and concerning" uptick in COVID-19 positive tests, two of which are linked to a weekend party at one of the school's residence halls.
In a Tuesday evening letter to the community signed by President Maud Mandel and
Dean of the College Marlene Sandstrom, the school reported six positive COVID-19 tests among students in the last seven days.
While that computes to a relatively low .14 percent positivity rate for the 4,144 tests conducted in the same period, the six positive tests among students represents 21 percent of all the positive tests in the student population (28 total positives) since testing began on Aug. 17.
All six of the students who have tested positive are currently in isolation, and 59 more students are in quarantine as a result of contact tracing, the email notes.