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Seton Hall surpasses 200 COVID-19 cases for spring semester

Seton Hall reported two new cases of COVID-19 Monday, marking 205 cases since the spring 2021 semester began and over 400 since the start of the pandemic.

The University reported 25 new COVID-19 cases in the past week, with 21 cases associated with the South Orange campus and four connected to the Newark campus, according to its COVID-19 dashboard.

University spokesman Michael Ricciardelli ‘08, pointed to a nationwide plateau in cases as the cause for the continued spread on campus.

“We continue to closely monitor public health statistics as well as guidance from federal, state and local health officials,” Ricciardelli said. “The recent encouraging drop in COVID cases has plateaued across the country and, unfortunately, New Jersey currently leads the nation in new cases.”

In the past seven days, New Jersey reported 28,352 new cases, according to the CDC

As of Tuesday, the state had administered 3.6 million vaccine doses, with  over 1.2 million people fully vaccinated, according to the state’s COVID-19 dashboard.

Health Services has issued over 11,000 COVID-19 tests since the pandemic began, according to Ricciardelli.

“All this reminds us it is imperative that we continue to adhere to the Seton Hall Pledge to keep ourselves and each other safe,” Ricciardelli said. “We remain grateful to all the students who are adhering to the Pledge and encourage each of them to be vaccinated as soon as they are able.”

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