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Coronavirus outbreak among University of Washington Greek life; state sees second-highest daily case jump

  • July 01, 2020

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Officials recently identified a coronavirus outbreak among the University of Washington’s Greek life students, just as the state reported its second-highest day of new cases.

The COVID-19 illnesses were reported among several dozen students living north of the Seattle-based university in fraternity houses, according to a statement from the university.

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At least 38 students living in nine fraternity houses tested COVID-19 positive. University officials said Public Health – Seattle King County is leading the response, in coordination with the school, to make contact with affected students.

“While we were pleased to see most of the houses had previously taken measures to reduce resident capacity by up to 50 percent this summer in response to COVID-19, those measures are not sufficient without vigilant, daily preventative measures, such as wearing face coverings, physical distancing and hand hygiene,” said Dr. Jeffrey Gottlieb, chair of the UW Advisory Committee on Communicable Diseases, in the release.

Fox News has reached out to the University of Washington with a request for comment.

On June 29, the state reached its second-highest daily increase of new coronavirus cases at 569, according to data from the Washington State Department of Health. On June 19, the state had 619 new cases.

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University and local public health officials, as well as the student-run Interfraternity Council, are reportedly engaging in an active containment of the outbreak. UW Medicine also set up an on-campus testing facility within walking distance of the Greek houses.

Washington has a total of 32,824 confirmed cases, 4,361 hospitalizations and 1,332 deaths, according to state data.

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