UConn Has 42 COVID-19 Cases; Dorm Under Quarantine

Chris Rhatigan
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STORRS, CT — The University of Connecticut reported that there are 42 positive on-campus cases, with 10 being added since Wednesday. Nine of the 10 are associated with the Garrigus Suites residence hall, where the cluster of on-campus cases first developed.

Every student who tested positive has been placed into a dedicated isolation space on campus.

The nine new Garrigus cases Thursday are in addition to the 12 new cases associated with Garrigus announced earlier this week following the mass testing of that residence hall’s nearly 300 occupants, according to a statement from the university.

Because of the continued growth of the virus at this dorm, the university is placing the entire building under medical quarantine.

The quarantine will continue until a clear decrease in transmission can be documented through serial testing. All residents in Garrigus will be tested twice a week, and there is an adjacent dining hall that will be open only to Garrigus residents during this quarantine period.

The first day of classes is Monday. The university said it will work with the Garrigus residents to accommodate their ability to remotely remain academically connected as they will not be permitted to attend in-person classes during this new quarantine period.

The university also released the following information:

· Five students who were positive and in isolation have recovered and left isolation on campus.

· The university also is aware of 10 cases among off-campus Storrs students who were tested because they will be visiting campus for classes and two positive cases among faculty/staff who expect to be working regularly on campus.

· The on-campus positive rate at UConn Storrs is 0.84 percent among residential student tests conducted (5,968).

· No positives have been reported among students in UConn Stamford housing. Two UConn Stamford commuter students have reported positive test results.

UConn updates COVID-19 on its public dashboard.

This article originally appeared on the Mansfield-Storrs Patch