At the University of Tennessee, Chancellor Donde Plowman called the fraternity on Tuesday to host secret parties and offer tips to others without obtaining a Kovid-19 test to avoid police.
“We’re making an important issue with a small number of students, and we’re particularly clear, clearly upsetting the information from the fraternity,” she told students and staff at an online address.
The school had 779 active Kovid-19 cases and more than 2,400 students in quarantine on Thursday, according to its Kovid-19 data. He said that the university was forced to secure a nearby hotel to increase the separate space for the infected students.
“Our case count is happening very fast, and we will need more drastic measures to stop the upward trajectory,” Plowman said. “We are evaluating a range of options and, let me be clear, everything is on the table.”
The University of Tennessee is not alone. Colleges and universities across the country have reported increasing cases in off-campus Greek living homes as students return to school, threatening the health of their surrounding communities and spending the rest of their time in class. Some have slowed the outbreak to quell incidents of agony and brotherhood, while others have asked students to consider going out.
On Sunday, the University of New Hampshire said it discovered 11 Kovid-19 cases at a fraternity party, with about 100 people without masks. Authorities placed the house under interim suspension and ordered all its members to quarantine for two weeks, threatening to punish students and party organizers.
UNH President James Dean Jr. said in a statement, “Let me be clear: it is reckless behavior and this kind of behavior that weakens our plan and will turn us into a completely remote mode.”
Infectious disease experts have previously warned that the increasing number of Kovid-19 cases on college campuses is not surprising. Despite their remodeling plans, Kovid-19 testing, contact tracing, social distancing, and uniform mask-making universities, the viruses are still eroding through local communities where many students live off-campus it is said.
Professor of Emory University School of Medicine, Drs. Carlos Del Rio said, “There are unknown things, things you can’t control, there is a fraternity party. The students decide to go out and go to a night club.” In infectious diseases. “There are many other things that can happen that can increase your risk.”
Communal housing where spaces were designed to be shared, such as residence halls, fraternities and witchcraft, place a high risk of infection for students living there and sharing spaces, Drs. Preeti Malani, Chief Health Officer and Professor of Medical and Infectious Diseases said. University of Michigan.
Malani said, “What you need to do is try to keep the number of cases small and prevent a large outbreak.” Chal said, “Universities should focus on where the cases are coming from and Prevent them from spreading to the local community. “I understand that a lot of cases are being seen in every campus, but what is happening outside those cases?”
At Indiana University, officials on Thursday asked students living in Greek housing to “reevaluate” their living conditions after fraternity and sorority homes increased their so-called positivity rates, or the percentage of total tests returning positive is. In some homes, the university said the rate is above 50%.
Indiana University officials noted that its Greek lives provide ample opportunities for coronaviruses to stay in close contact with students in homes, to share bathrooms and other locations, and to spread among students. Since the houses are privately owned, the university said that there is no right on whether students leave or stay.
The IU’s medical response team said that the spread of the virus had become “so severe” that its testing strategies and contact tracing efforts may not involve transmission of the virus.
“The spread poses a threat to unsophisticated individuals in the Greek community, students outside the Greek community, as well as faculty and staff at Indiana University Bloomington,” the team said in a statement.
The University of Wisconsin at Madison on Thursday ordered nine off-campus sororities and fraternity members to quarantine for two weeks, with nearly 9% of their members testing positive. UW Chancellor Rebecca Blanc told students on Wednesday that graduate classes would be transferred online for two weeks, while the university tries to reduce the spread of coronovirus.
“We have reached the point where we need to quickly flatten the curve of transition, or we will lose the opportunity to keep the campus open to students this semester,” Blanc said during a video announcement.
Those universities followed reports from Kansas State University at the end of August, after reporting four concussion outbreaks that halted their Greek life events, resulting in more than 20 cases according to the Riley County Health Department. As of Tuesday, the Health Department reported 12 active outbreaks between the fraternity and misery.