Cause of outbreak determined and few additional cases reported

By Katie Zeck

The norovirus has been officially deemed the cause of the fast-spreading illness across Rider’s Princeton and Lawrenceville campuses, according to Dan Higgins, executive director of University Communications.

Higgins reported that since Friday afternoon, a total of 13 additional students have been infected with the virus, three of which were sent to the hospital for further treatment. All three students have since returned to campus.

Classes and events will continue as scheduled as the number of reported cases has substantially decreased.

On Friday, the Lawrence Township Health Department released an update on the township’s website informing residents of the status of the outbreak at Rider. The update reported that “the illness had not spread past Rider’s campus.” According to health official Carol A. Chamberlain, the Health Department will be unable to release any new information until Tuesday because of the holiday weekend.

A spokesperson from the Lawrence Township Police Department was also unavailable to provide updated information.

The University continues to thoroughly sanitize all residence halls, academic buildings and dining facilities.

Students are encouraged to go to Conover Hall or the Student Health Center if they are experiencing symptoms of the norovirus. Medical staff will be present at both locations for the remainder of the weekend.

Check back with The Rider News for further updates on the norovirus outbreak.

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