Harvard Business School

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Harvard Business School put all classroom courses online for freshman MBA students and some sophomore students this week and increased their Covid-19 test requirements to try to contain the recent surge in breakthrough cases on campus.

The school is switching to distance learning until October 3 to try to quell the virus that mainly infects the university’s fully vaccinated students, according to the school’s website. Around 95% of the students and 96% of the university staff are vaccinated. More than 1,000 students are enrolled at the Business School in the 2023 class.

“Contact tracers who have worked with positive cases highlight that the broadcast does not take place in classrooms or other academic settings on campus,” business school spokesman Mark Cautela said in a statement. “Nor does it occur with people who are masked.”

Cautela added that the university urges students to avoid unmasked indoor events, group travel, and meeting people outside their household.

The business school is also ordering Covid tests for all students three times a week, regardless of vaccination status, Cautela said. The university previously required fully vaccinated students to get tested once a week, while unvaccinated students had to submit test results twice a week.

Harvard students account for the majority of active Covid cases on campus, according to the school’s online coronavirus dashboard. The university conducted 41,864 Covid tests from September 20 to September 25 and found that graduate students accounted for 60 of the 74 positive test results recorded over those six days.

Harvard reports that 87 students are currently isolating after exposure to Covid while 28 students are in quarantine. Masks remain mandatory in all Harvard interiors.