An outbreak of coronavirus reported at University of Washington fraternities

Jul 3 2020, 11:42 am

Washington’s latest COVID-19 outbreak has been reported at the University of Washington (UW) where at least 105 Greek Life students have been infected with coronavirus.

The cluster of cases is spread among residents of 15 Greek houses north of the Seattle campus, and their close contacts.

In an email, a representative of UW told Daily Hive that while the Interfraternity Council, a student-led governing board for UW fraternities, reported 105 cases, the official, verified case number is 66 students which include 62 house residents and four close contacts who don’t live in the houses.

“The official numbers are a bit delayed, due in part to data coming in from multiple testing sites, and the need to verify results.”

In response to the outbreak, the UW has set up a popup testing facility within walking distance of Greek Row, which has tested hundreds of students since it’s inception on Monday.

The university has asked those living in the fraternities, as well as those who’ve visited the houses in recent weeks, to quarantine and self isolate as well as get tested.

Students who live in or near Greek houses should contact the UW Environmental Health & Safety Department ([email protected]) if they have tested positive for the coronavirus or suspect they have been infected.

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