University Of Chicago Undergrads Under Stay-At-Home Order Due To COVID-19 Outbreak

The university is pointing the finger at fraternity parties for the new outbreak on campus. CBS 2's Tara Molina reports.

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- Continuing our team coverage, a COVID outbreak has the University of Chicago on lockdown. CBS News Tara Molina is live there. And, Tara, the school is pointing the finger at fraternity parties.

TARA MOLINA: Erica, of the more than 50 cases reported here in just the past couple of days and more expected, we've learned many are connected to those off-campus parties. And the student government here wants something done about that. Students living in residence halls are under a stay-at-home order until April 15 with all classes now happening remotely and in-person events canceled.

According to a memo sent to the university community, there are concerns the outbreak here involves the highly contagious UK coronavirus variant that is, quote, "able to cause more severe disease in people of all ages." More cases are expected. The memo urges anyone on campus who's attended a party or gathering to get tested immediately.

The U of C communications team denied our interview requests. But the school's student government spoke out in a video posted to social media today calling for the students behind those fraternity and off-campus parties to be held accountable for the outbreak's impact.

- College council has drafted a resolution that will advocate for the suspension of preregistration privileges for students who are found after proper investigation and due process to have egregiously violated the health pact.

TARA MOLINA: The university has not responded on that call tonight. And that's as the contact tracing team continues to work hard on campus to stop the spread. Erica.

- Well, Tara, we know the Chicago Department of Public Health is taking the lead on the outbreak investigation. What are they saying tonight?

TARA MOLINA: They actually just got back to me, Erica. They say they're working closely with the university on their investigation and that everyone in this area needs to be really careful right now. Wear your mask. Avoid crowds. And keep your distance.

- All right. Tara, thank you.