In this March 11, 2020 file photo, a technician prepares coronavirus patient samples for testing at a laboratory in New York's Long Island. Credit: John Minchillo / AP

PROVIDENCE, R.I. — Providence College students who live off campus have been asked to stick to remote-only classes for the time being after several of them tested positive for COVID-19, school officials say.

Off-campus students are only allowed to visit campus for testing, the school said Tuesday.

“We have received reports of students who have tested for COVID-19 tests on their own, at off-campus facilities. Some of these results have been reported to the college by the Rhode Island Department of Health; others have been self-reported,” Steven Sears, interim vice president for student affairs and dean of students, said in a message to off-campus students.

Off-campus students must learn remotely until they can produce a negative test result, he said.

The school said as of Tuesday, 22 students and 1 faculty member or staffer had tested positive for the disease.

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