According to a post published on the University of Tampa Facebook page, six students have tested positive for COVID-19 following spring break travel.
One student had been travelling internationally and was tested at the Dickey Health and Wellness Centre on March 16, the post explains. That person is now self-isolating away from campus but has not bee hospitalized.
The other five students were travelling together during spring break, with one student not returning to campus while the other four did.
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All five are self-isolating, with the four who returned to the campus doing so there. None have been hospitalized.
“The Florida Department of Health is following its protocol to identify, notify, and quarantine any individuals that have had contact with these individuals,” the post explains.
“We sincerely wish our students, and any others who may be affected, a full and rapid recovery.”
The post does not disclose the destinations the students visited.
The University of Tampa announced on its website on March 17 that they would be issuing online courses for the duration of the spring semester and would cancel in-person commencement and relate activities for this term in response to the ongoing coronavirus pandemic.
The new rules did not stop students from partying in Florida for spring break, with interviews appearing across social media of defiant young people saying that nothing will stop them from celebrating and partying.
The reaction across social media to these ignorant responses convey a large amount of anger and frustration felt across the world.
If ur partying in florida for spring break rn, just know you’re an asshole.
— Kayla🌿 (@kaykayblondie62) March 17, 2020
Any excuse to use this gif for what’s happening inf Florida with spring break pic.twitter.com/KEcmK3qpBl
— dinh pham (@dinhpham27) March 17, 2020
friendly reminder when we’re on week 8 of quarantining it’s because y’all weren’t willing to give up your spring break trip to Panama City beach florida
— BARTY (@postgrad_barty) March 17, 2020
can i just say… if u went to florida or somewhere for spring break… ur selfish & stupid…
— kt (@KT_Kem) March 18, 2020
These new cases further emphasize the point that it is absolutely crucial to refrain from any non-essential travel during this coronavirus pandemic.
Blatantly refusing to follow these advisories, which have been issued by governments and airlines alike, not only serve to put your own health at risk but the health of any individual that you come into contact with while away and upon returning home.
Practicing physical distancing and self-isolation is essential in flattening the curve of the coronavirus pandemic’s spread.
It’s not just about you — stay home.