Harvard Business School moves first-year MBA students online to deal with COVID-19 infections

Harvard Business School is returning to remote instruction for its first-year students in an effort to curb an increase in breakthrough COVID-19 infections.

Online instruction will take place through Oct. 3 and coronavirus testing will increase to three times a week, Mark Cautela, a spokesman for the business school, said in a statement. Some second-year MBA students will also take remote classes.

Harvard University reported 74 positive tests among students, faculty, and staff in the six-day period that ended Saturday. Of those infections, 60 — or 81 percent — were among graduate students.

Harvard’s population is highly vaccinated — 95 percent of students and 96 percent of faculty and staff are fully immunized, according to university figures.

The majority of transmissions at the business school have taken place off campus among students who may not have complied with indoor mask recommendations, Cautela said.

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