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COLLEGEVILLE, Pa. — Wawa Inc. and Wegmans Food Markets came to the aid of Ursinus College students on Feb. 11 after a mystery illness sickened 174 students and closed all campus dining halls.
The retailers provided breakfast that morning, and Wawa also provided lunch along with the Collegeville Italian Bakery at the school's athletic center, reported NJ.com. Students were also able to visit certain local restaurants during the closure.
Symptoms of the illness included vomiting and diarrhea, in line with norovirus, which spreads quickly through food or human contact, said a Montgomery County commissioner. More than 20 students visited emergency rooms or urgent care sites after they began falling ill the evening of Feb. 9.
All facilities were to undergo a full sanitization, the news outlet reported.
"Ursinus' first priority is the health and well-being of our students," University President Brock Blomberg said in a written statement. "We will continue to work closely with officials from the Department of Health and follow their recommendations. In addition, Ursinus couldn't be more grateful for the outpouring of support it has received from the surrounding community to help us support our students."