CHESTNUT HILL, Mass. (AP) — Boston College has suspended activities for its men's and women's swimming and diving program after some team members tested positive for the coronavirus, the school said Thursday.

A Boston College spokesperson said in an email that the athletes who tested positive are in isolation. He declined to say how many team members had tested positive and whether they were on the men's or women's team.

"We have temporarily paused all team activities with the men’s and women’s swimming and diving program," spokesperson Jason Baum said in an email.

As of Thursday, there were 68 undergraduates in isolation, including 28 in isolation housing and 40 recovering at home, BC reported on its website. Fifteen students have recovered from the virus, the school said.



Restaurants that have relied on newly created outdoor dining spaces during the pandemic will be able to keep their outdoor tables open longer under an executive order Gov. Charlie Baker said he plans to sign next week.

Many restaurant owners have been allowed to set up tables in their parking lots or on the street or sidewalk in front of their establishments to help reduce the risk of the spread of the coronovirus.

Baker also said Thursday that he plans to sign a second executive order allowing indoor and outdoor arcades to reopen next week. He said gaming centers have been able to open safely in neighboring states.

Bars and clubs remain closed.



Massachusetts reported 20 newly confirmed coronavirus deaths and about 360 newly confirmed cases Thursday, pushing the state’s confirmed COVID-19 death toll to nearly 8,960 and its confirmed caseload to more than 121,700.

The seven-day weighted average of positive tests was less than 1%. The true number of cases is likely higher because many people have not been tested, and studies suggest people can be infected and not feel sick.

There were more than 350 people reported hospitalized Thursday because of COVID-19, and about 60 in intensive care units.

The number of confirmed and probable COVID-19 related deaths at care homes rose to more than 5,860 or more than 60% of all confirmed and probable deaths in Massachusetts attributed to the disease.