Public health officials have ordered more than 700 UConn students living at The Oaks on the Square apartments to quarantine for two weeks after health leaders discovered a possible COVID-19 outbreak spreading through the complex.
Leaders from UConn Student Health and Wellness, the Eastern Highlands Health District and the town of Mansfield all agreed on the quarantine at a meeting Friday morning after reviewing “particularly quick” growth in coronavirus cases tied to the complex, officials said.
“We believe it appropriate to characterize this as an outbreak warranting increased medical intervention,” the groups wrote in a joint statement released. “To help halt the spread of the virus at this location, all UConn Storrs students residing in the Oaks apartment complex must observe a self-quarantine period until we can document a decrease in the rate of transmission.”
Located just off the main Storrs campus, the Oaks apartments are primarily filled with off-campus student residents, but they do include some non-student residents. Those non-students will not be ordered to quarantine, officials said.