Over 2,100 students, staff with University of Tennessee quarantined over coronavirus

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Medical workers treat a COVID-19 patient at the coronavirus unit in Mayanei Hayeshua Medical Center, Bnei Brak, April 13, 2020. (Nati Shohat/Flash90)
(Nati Shohat/Flash90)

More than 2,100 students and staff with the University of Tennessee are currently quarantined or isolated as the coronavirus pandemic surges on its Knoxville campus in the southern U.S. state of Tennessee, local media reported Wednesday.

“We now have 2,112 people in quarantine or self-isolation. Of these, 1,939 are students, split nearly equally between on-campus and off-campus residence,” Chancellor Donde Plowman said during a livestream Tuesday, according to a CNN report.

“Our case counts are going up way too fast, and we will need more drastic measures to stop the upward trajectory,” said Plowman, adding the university had 600 active COVID-19 cases as of Monday. Among the infected, 592 were students, and eight were employees.

She expressed frustration about “fraternity leaders communicating to houses how to have parties and avoid being caught, avoid the police. Stories of a fraternity renting space off campus to have their party, crammed with lots of people in close quarters.

Telling fraternity members not to get tested, or how to get tested so the results aren’t shared with the university.”

So far colleges and universities across the United States have reported more than 37,000 active coronavirus cases from all 50 states, according to the CNN report. A number of campuses have already had to cancel in-person classes.

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