PROVIDENCE, R.I. (AP) — Brown University is allowing some smaller classes to meet in-person starting Wednesday.

Classes of 19 students or fewer are now allowed under Level 2 of the Ivy League school's coronavirus protocols. The campus has three activity levels, with Level 1 being the most restrictive. All levels still require face coverings and social distancing.

Libraries are open, but students are required to reserve study space online and check out books using a contactless circulation system. Office hours and advising are still remote.

Athletic and recreational facilities remain closed.

Socializing is only allowed in groups of five or fewer students unless outdoors where social distancing can be maintained.

The university bookstore is open only to members of the Brown community and a university ID is required for admission.

Students are still required to follow all state and federal guidelines.



The number of people in Rhode Island's hospitals with the coronavirus is at its lowest level since mid-November, according to data released Wednesday by the state Department of Health.

There were 334 patients hospitalized with COVID-19 as of Monday, the latest day for which the information is available, down from 354 the previous day and the lowest single-day total since Nov. 15.

The agency reported nine more coronavirus-related deaths and 613 additional confirmed cases, 520 from Tuesday and 93 added to previous days' totals. There have now been more than 113,000 known cases and 2,135 deaths in the state.

The latest seven-day average positivity rate in Rhode Island is now just under 4%, down from 6.26% two weeks ago. State health departments are calculating positivity rate differently across the country, but for Rhode Island the AP calculates the rate by dividing new cases by test encounters using data from The COVID Tracking Project.

The seven-day rolling average of daily new cases in Rhode Island has now fallen to 761, down from more than 1,077 two weeks ago, according to the project.

The state has now administered almost 63,000 vaccine first doses, and almost 20,000 second doses.