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MCLA Residence Goes Into Lockdown Mode After COVID Outbreak

This is a picture of the campus of Massachusetts College of Liberal Arts
Jim Levulis

The Massachusetts College Of Liberal Arts in North Adams, Massachusetts has locked down a campus residence after 17 new COVID-19 cases emerged in the past week. 

242 of the college’s 1,100 students live in the Townhouse complex, which Vice President of Strategic Initiatives Gina Puc says is in lockdown mode until April 5th.

“Students are able to congregate outside with their townhouse mates as long as they’re masked, and this is part of CDC and Department of Public Health guidance in that that’s important for mental health, so we’ve identified the perimeter of the townhouse complex,” said Puc.

Students not in isolation will be allowed to pick up meals from the college cafeteria and go to medical appointments including COVID-19 testing and vaccinations during the lockdown.

Josh Landes has been WAMC's Berkshire Bureau Chief since February 2018, following stints at WBGO Newark and WFMU East Orange. A passionate advocate for Western Massachusetts, Landes was raised in Pittsfield and attended Hampshire College in Amherst, receiving his bachelor's in Ethnomusicology and Radio Production. His free time is spent with his cat Harry, experimental electronic music, and exploring the woods.
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