Kutztown University campus entrance

MAXATAWNY TWP., Pa. - Kutztown University reported  Friday that another 30 students -- 17 living on campus and 13 off campus -- have tested positive for COVID-19.

Those numbers now bring to 55 the number of Kutztown students who have tested positive for the coronavirus.

In a statement, the university's president, Kenneth Hawkinson, said he is strongly encouraging students to participate in "healthy behaviors" over the Labor Day weekend.

"We are all in this together and our primary focus should be on engaging in behavior that helps us to successfully complete our educational mission," Hawkinson said. "Best wishes and have a safe weekend."

The university has said that most of the positive cases are the result of social gatherings taking place off campus.

The president asked students who exhibit symptoms of COVID-19 to seek medical help right away and not return to campus.

Symptomatic students can get tested for the virus this weekend. The KU Health Center will be open for testing from 10 a.m. until 11:30 a.m. Saturday and Sunday.

In addition to the students, one Kutztown University employee has tested positive for COVID-19.

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