More than 100 CNU students quarantining after testing positive for COVID-19 amid school's first sporting event in months

Posted at 5:56 PM, Feb 10, 2021
and last updated 2021-02-11 12:42:00-05

NEWPORT NEWS, Va. - More than 100 students and several staff members have tested positive for COVID-19 at Christopher Newport University.

According to the university'sCOVID-19 dashboard, as of Wednesday at 9 a.m., 129 students and 6 staff members have tested positive for coronavirus and are currently active cases.

CNU COVID-19 dashboard (February 10)

94 students are in isolation or quarantining on-campus whereas 77 students are off-campus isolating or quarantining.

CNU COVID-19 dashboard (February 10)

CNU is set to have its first sporting event on campus in 11 months Wednesday night amid the surge in cases. A women’s basketball exhibition game versus Salisbury is set to begin at 6 p.m.

Last month, CNU reported 30 cumulative cases compared to the 129 cases reported only ten days within February.

According to school officials, they are expecting more than 50 students to come off the isolation list on Friday.

"Overall, there has certainly been a surge but we're seeing signs the curve is flattening," a school official told News 3.

In a letter sent to students February 8, Dean Kevin Hughes chastised students for not following safety protocols, saying that "no evidence of classroom transmission" was found and attributing "significant" transmission to smaller student gatherings or off-campus activity.

Hughes said that three student organizations have been suspended and 15 students have been removed from campus for not following protocols.

To read the full letter, click here.