Stevens Institute suspending ‘large discretionary gatherings’ due to coronavirus concerns

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The Stevens Institute of Technology is suspending “large discretionary gatherings on campus” out of an abundance of caution related to coronavirus concerns.

Photo via thebestschools.org.

By John Heinis/Hudson County View

Due to the spread of the coronavirus (COVID-19), the university announced on Thursday that they “will be suspending gatherings that are discretionary in nature for internal and external groups.”

Events of this nature include the include the Scholarship Luncheon that was scheduled for today, the March 8th Undergraduate Admissions Visit Day, the Hidden Figures author event scheduled for March 11th, as well as the IT Expo 2020 and the OnStage@Stevens concert – both initially planned for March 12th.

The Taste of Hoboken event at the Stevens Howe Center, planned for March 18th, has also been postponed, the Hoboken Community Center tweeted yesterday.

“All upcoming events are currently under review and additional cancellations may be announced. Event organizers may reschedule these events at a later date,” the school said in a statement.

Additionally, Stevens said that “high touch areas” throughout the campus, such as common areas, bathrooms, kitchens, and locker rooms/showers, are being disinfected – with doorknobs and handles being wiped down every evening and new hand sanitizer stations ordered.

Yesterday, Hudson County Executive Tom DeGise declared a state of emergency over the coronavirus as a precautionary measure.

Thus far, the coronavirus has infected four New Jersey residents: three from Bergen County and one from Camden County.

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