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Sacred Heart University has halted all athletic activities due to a rise in cases of COVID-19 in the area.

The school announced Friday that the pause would continue through the weekend.

“The health and safety of Sacred Heart student-athletes, coaches and staff is the department’s number one priority,” the school said in a statement. “The athletic administration will consult with university and local leaders to reevaluate the situation with hopes of resuming activities on Monday.”

The decision comes a day after two residence halls on campus were placed under quarantine. As of Thursday, the school’s dashboard reported 124 active cases, including 77 on campus.

Meanwhile, 1,065 new cases were reported across the state on Friday, with the positivity rate at 3.6 percent.

The Northeast Conference is expected to release basketball schedules no later than Nov. 15, with an announcement on traditional fall sports seasons being held in the spring likely to follow.

The men’s hockey team will open its season Nov. 21 at American International.

dbonjour@ctpost.com; @DougBonjour