Stanford University announced Wednesday that it is extending an emergency ban on all public gatherings, including parties, weddings, and other gatherings, in response to the Zika outbreak.
The university announced the decision after a new study on the spread of the virus showed an increase in cases at schools and public places across the state.
The study, by Stanford epidemiologist Jonathan Gruber, found that the spread at Stanford was the most rapid in the nation, with more than 10,000 new cases reported in the last two weeks alone.
Gruber’s study was released just before the U.S. Senate voted to send $1.6 billion in emergency funding to help fight the virus, which is the third-leading cause of death worldwide.
“The spread of Zika virus is not over,” said the university in a statement.
“We will continue to monitor the situation closely and make decisions based on that information.
But as we move forward, we know that there are some important steps that need to be taken to prevent the spread and reduce the number of cases at Stanford.”
As of Wednesday, Stanford was hosting about 3,300 events, including a concert by the band The National, an open house for residents and businesses, a lecture by an economist, a dinner hosted by a prominent businessperson, a celebration of the birth of the university’s first president, and a celebration for the birth anniversary of its first president.
The University of California at Berkeley, in the Bay Area, announced on Wednesday that its student group was planning a protest against the university, which was hosting a fundraiser for a woman who tested positive for Zika.
The group, called Students for a Better Berkeley, is also organizing an online petition calling for a boycott of the school.
On Wednesday, the state Department of Public Health said it was reviewing the school’s emergency ban, but did not release a timeline.
“While the university has been conducting a thorough review of its procedures to ensure they meet the requirements of this legislation, the university is reviewing the emergency order in response and will provide updates as needed,” the department said in a news release.
“This review has not been completed yet and it is too soon to know if there are any changes to the university-wide emergency order.”