UPJ working to control spread of virus on campus

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JOHNSTOWN, Pa. - Students at the University of Pittsburgh Johnstown have become sick in recent days with what the Pennsylvania Department of Health believes is a norovirus.

UPJ’s website describes symptoms of the gastrointestinal illness to include fever, chills, nausea, vomiting, diarrhea and general abdominal discomfort.

The university began notifying students on Friday that a “significant” number of students were sick.

After the flu-like symptoms began spreading around campus, UPJ student Maxwell Zelekovitz said, "I went for a walk at night, and no one was outside."

Students who are not feeling well have been asked to self-quarantine or go home.

On Saturday, UPJ cancelled all indoor social events for the weekend.

The university has also suspended cafeteria services at all dining facilities on campus. Instead, prepackaged meals are available to students.

Extra custodial crews have been brought in to clean buildings.