BOSTON (CBS) – The state’s contact tracing group is taking the lead at Boston College after a spike in coronavirus cases on campus.

School officials say the college is transitioning to work with the state and health departments in Boston and Newton to track sources of any new cases.

Right now 80 undergraduate students are in isolation after they were possibly exposed. The Boston College swimming and diving programs paused team activities after a cluster emerged.

Some students have complained about a lack of communication about BC’s safety protocols.

“We acknowledge that we had a spike in cases during early September,” BC spokesperson Jack Dunn said. “We’ve had a steady decrease in cases since and we’re optimistic that through contact tracing and daily symptomatic and weekly asymptomatic testing, that we can ensure a safe campus, a safe semester here at BC.”

The school blames the spike on students gathering without masks and not social distancing. Officials said those not following the Covid-19 guidelines will be held accountable.


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