Sacred Heart University reports over 90 positive COVID-19 cases

A sign at the entrance to Sacred Heart University’s west campus, in Fairfield, Conn. March 10, 2021

A sign at the entrance to Sacred Heart University’s west campus, in Fairfield, Conn. March 10, 2021

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FAIRFIELD — Sacred Heart University has had over 90 cases of COVID-19 among students and faculty since the fall semester began, according to the school’s COVID-19 tracking dashboard.

Around 93 percent of the students are vaccinated, said Deb Noack, the director of communications for the university. All 91 cases are from the past three weeks since classes started Aug. 30, Noack said in an email. The university updates the database daily.

The university was seeing cases among both unvaccinated and vaccinated students and faculty. But the university is not alarmed by the numbers, Noack said.

“We know the delta variant is highly transmissible, which is why we made the decision in August to mandate that the SHU community be vaccinated,” Noack said in the email. “We expected to have cases, but we also expected them to be mild because of the vaccine mandate.”

Noack added that so far, those testing positive have reported being either asymptomatic or experiencing mild cases.