Orange County

79 UCF students at 3 sorority houses asked to quarantine after several cases of COVID-19 reported

ORLANDO, Fla. — Three on-campus sorority houses at the University of Central Florida have been placed on quarantine after positive COVID-19 cases were detected, officials said.

Residents at the houses have been asked to quarantine for two weeks, “out of concern for their health and well-being and to reduce the potential for additional spread of the virus.”

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School officials said they found “a small number of positive COVID-19 cases.”

In a letter sent to its Greek Community, UCF officials suggested the quarantines might be related to to other social events that “...increase the risk of spreading COVID-19 to other UCF community members, friends, and/or family members.”

UCF says students who host social gatherings on or off campus that violate COVID-19 guidelines could be suspended or expelled.

UCF has established a compliance, ethics, and risk office “integrity line” where potential violations of COVID-19 policies can be reported.

School officials have reached out to those who are quarantined to see if they need help with getting food or other services.

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Quarantined students are required to mostly stay in their rooms, but are permitted to pick up food deliveries or other essentials from the chapter house entrance, officials said.

If they are outside of their rooms for any reason, the quarantined sorority members must wear a face covering and stay six feet away from others.

A college spokesperson said the total of 79 women live in the three houses.