School officials say the escalation of Govt-19 cases among university students living in fraternity and fraternity homes in the United States has threatened to cancel carefully designed programs to divert students to campus.
At the University of Tennessee, Chancellor Donde Bloman on Tuesday gave the fraternity organizations tips on how to hold secret banquets and how to avoid police and others getting the Govt-19 test without informing the university.
“We have a significant problem with a small number of students, especially with explicit, confusing information from fraternal organizations,” he said in an online speech for students and staff.
As of Thursday, the school had 779 active Govt-19 cases and more than 2,400 students in isolation, according to Govt-19 data. The university was forced to secure a nearby hotel to increase the isolation space for affected students.
“Our case count is progressing very fast and we need more drastic measures to stop the upward trajectory,” Bloeman said. “We evaluate a variety of options. Let me be clear, everything is on the table.”
The University of Tennessee is not alone. Colleges and universities across the country have reported an increase in Greek living homes off campus when students return to school, threatening the health of surrounding communities and the rest of the classroom this fall. Some have canceled fraternity and fraternity events to slow the eruption, while others have asked students to consider expelling them.
On Sunday, the University of New Hampshire said so Found 11 Govt-19 cases against a fraternal party that entertained about 100 people without masks. Authorities placed the house under an interim suspension and ordered all its members to be isolated for two weeks, threatening to punish students and party organizers.
“Let me be clear: this will lead to irresponsible behavior and behavior that undermines our program and shifts to full remote mode,” UNH President James Dean Jr. said in a statement.
Epidemiologists Previously warned The increasing number of Govt-19 cases on college campuses is not surprising. They say the virus is still spreading through local communities where many students live off-campus, even though universities have made it a focal point for programs to reopen Govt-19 testing, communication tracking, social exclusion and uniform masking.
“Unknown, there are dangers of things you can’t control. There’s a fraternity party, and students decide to go out and go to a nightclub,” said Dr. Carlos del Rio, a professor at the Emory University School of Medicine. In infectious diseases. “Many things can happen that increase your risk.”
Dr. Preeti Malani, chief health officer and professor of medicine and epidemiology, said communal homes, designed to share spaces such as residential halls, fraternities and psoriasis, put students living there at greater risk of sharing spaces and sharing seats. University of Michigan.
“All you have to do is keep the number of cases small and try to prevent big explosions. This is the trick,” Malani said, adding that universities need to focus on where the cases are coming from and prevent them from spreading to the local community. “My feeling is that every campus is going to see a lot of cases, but what’s going on outside of those events?”
At Indiana University, authorities on Thursday asked students living in Greek housing to “re-evaluate” their living conditions after complaining of an increase in the so-called ‘positive ratio’ of fraternities and fraternity returns. In some homes, the rate is more than 50%, the university said.
Indiana University officials said the high density of students in its Greek living quarters provides close contact, sharing bathrooms and other spaces and opportunities for the corona virus to spread among students. The university said it had no authority on whether students could leave or stay because the homes were privately owned.
The IU’s medical response team said the spread of the virus was “very serious” and that its testing strategies and efforts to find the link could not contain the spread of the virus.
“This spread poses a risk to unaffected individuals in the Greek community, students outside the Greek community, and faculty and staff at Indiana University Bloomington,” the group said in a statement.
The University of Wisconsin in Madison on Thursday ordered the isolation of members of fraternal and fraternal homes outside the nine campuses for two weeks. UW Chancellor Rebecca Blanc told students Wednesday that undergraduate classes will be moved online for two weeks and that the university is trying to reduce the spread of the corona virus.
“We’ve reached the point where we need to quickly type the curve of the infection, or we’ll miss the opportunity to open the campus for students this semester,” Blank said during the video announcement.
Those universities follow reports from Kansas State University in late August, which stopped its Greek life events as four lectures erupted, resulting in more than 20 lawsuits, according to the Riley County Department of Health. Until Tuesday, the The health department said 12 active eruptions between fraternities and sororities.