UConn orders students in apartment complex to quarantine

Published on Monday, 14 September 2020 09:47
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STORRS - University of Connecticut and local health officials have ordered about 700 students living in an off-campus apartment complex to quarantine for two weeks after tracing several COVID-19 cases to homes there.

Student living in the The Oaks on the Square, which is located just off campus in Storrs, are being asked to remain inside their apartments except for for “solitary activity” or to pick up food, according to the letter sent to Oaks residents.

Non-students living in the complex are not subject to the quarantine, which was agreed to Friday by officials from UConn, the Eastern Highlands Health District and the town of Mansfield.

“We believe it appropriate to characterize this as an outbreak warranting increased medical intervention,” the groups wrote in a joint statement released Friday.

The quarantined students will be required to switch any in-person classes to online for an indefinite period of time.

As of Saturday, the school has reported 121 positive tests for the new coronavirus on campus since about 5,000 students returned in August and 92 cases among those living off-campus.

The on-campus positivity rate was reported at 0.72%, on Saturday. The off-campus rate was 1.63%. The state's positivity rate was 1.1% on Friday.

A popular bar and restaurant just off the Storrs campus has also been closed because of COVID-19. Ted’s Restaurant and Bar announced on social media Thursday it is closing temporarily after two staff members tested positive for the new coronavirus.

Posted in New Britain Herald, General News on Monday, 14 September 2020 09:47. Updated: Monday, 14 September 2020 09:50.