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Duke University lifts stay-in-place order Sunday

The university said in a statement that all undergraduate students will be forced to...
The university said in a statement that all undergraduate students will be forced to stay-in-place until at least March 21.(WITN)
Published: Mar. 13, 2021 at 11:07 PM EST|Updated: Mar. 21, 2021 at 6:39 AM EDT
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DURHAM, N.C. (WITN) - Duke University is lifting its weeklong stay-in-place order for undergraduate students by 9:00 a.m. Sunday. The announcement came in a letter sent to students and parents last Saturday.

The original stay-in-place order was in response to a cluster of more than 180 students testing positive for covid-19. Those students were placed in isolation, while another two hundred students who came into contact with them were also in quarantine.

According to a letter, starting Monday, all in-person courses can resume at the university. Common spaces and the libraries will re-open to residential students.

However, the dining halls will remain closed to indoor dining, and groups gathering indoors will be limited to ten people or less. All students are expected to remain in the Durham area for the rest of the semester.

If anyone travels outside the area, they will be asked to register before leaving.

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(AP) - Duke University says it has issued a quarantine order for all of its undergraduates effective Saturday night due to a coronavirus outbreak caused by students who attended recruitment parties.

The university said in a statement that all undergraduate students will be forced to stay-in-place until at least March 21.

Suspension or dismissal from the school are potential punishments for “flagrant or repeat violators.”

Over the past week, the school has reported more than 180 positive coronavirus cases among students.

There are an additional 200 students who may have been exposed and have been ordered to quarantine.

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