UConn tightens quarantine protocols for students on Storrs campus; requires students to get tested before leaving for break

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STORRS, Conn. (WTNH) — There are seven new positive COVID-19 cases on the UConn campus and 24 off campus. The recent rise sent the entire campus into modified quarantine as of 5p.m. Friday.

It didn’t take long after the lunch break for the surveillance testing line to fill up outside the Field House on the UConn campus. Students without symptoms were there to get tested for COVID-19.

With the rise in positive cases, five more dorms have been put into full quarantine.

“We can’t really like go to class and we just to like stay in our dorms and we can only go to certain dining halls for like the rest of the semester,” said Sophomore Sofia Prata.

Prata lives in the Busby Suites, which along with the other four quarantined dorms house 406 students.

“It stinks because I’m a music student,” said Sophomore Thomas Roberts, who also lives in Busby Suites. “I play percussion. So that’s all like hands on.”

This is in addition to the five other dorms housing 544 students already under full quarantine.

“This dining hall is closed. You can’t eat at all inside,” said Roberts, who was grabbing lunch in the dining hall on the north campus where there are a few dorms also under full quarantine. “I just bring it back to my room.”

As of 5 o’clock Friday afternoon the entire Storrs campus was put in modified quarantine meaning all dining halls turn to take out only, the Rec Center is closed, and there are no in person student activities. 

There are still in-person classes on campus for those not under full quarantine.

All students will be exit tested before heading home for the Thanksgiving break.

“I’ll test myself before I leave to make sure I’m safe to go back to my family,” said Roberts.

After the weeklong break UConn moves fully online so when students leave for Thanksgiving they won’t return to campus until January.

“I’m going home in a week,” said Pratt. “I’m gonna see my family for Thanksgiving. I don’t want to give my it to my grandparents or anything so like it does kind of concern me.”

She’s also concerned what next semester will look like.

As part of UConn’s modified quarantine…

Students must:

  • Wear masks.
  • Refrain from group gatherings.
  • Stay in their rooms — unless they are going to class or other academic activities, picking up food at the dining halls, participating in COVID testing and/or going for walks outside away from other people.

Residence halls that need to follow quarantine protocols include:

  • Belden Hall
  • Batterson Hall
  • Tolland Hall
  • Middlesex Hall
  • Werth Hall
  • Busby Suites
  • Russell Hall
  • Alsop A
  • Fairfield Hall
  • Litchfield Hall

Students have a one-week vacation break from Nov. 23 to 27, then they will complete the last few weeks of the semester online.

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