UConn announces quarantine for students living in off-campus apartments following COVID-19 ‘outbreak’ related to complex

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STORRS, Conn. (WTNH) — UConn announced Friday, Sept. 11 the school is quarantining student residents of The Oaks on the Square apartments after an increased number of positive COVID-19 tests associated with students from those apartments.

According to the release, “the University convened a discussion with Eastern Highlands Health District (the local health authority) and representatives from the town of Mansfield earlier today to discuss quarantining all the UConn students living in The Oaks. Eastern Highlands and the town supported this.”

UConn says its Health and Wellness center is in direct contact with the students who live in the Oaks. That correspondence can be seen here:

Related: UConn reports 32 positive on-campus COVID-19 cases, 110 have recovered as of September 11

The school likened this quarantine to the one imposed on the Garrigus Suites residence hall back in August despite the fact that these are off-campus, private apartments.

Monday, Sept. 21 UConn reported that nearly 50% of all students in The Oaks have been tested following the quarantine order and that “early results of this additional round of tests indicate that we have reduced the spread of the disease by more than half. More than half. This reduction not only indicates the excellent partnership between the Eastern Highlands Health District and Student Health and Wellness that led to the quarantine, but it reflects your own excellence in following quarantine restrictions.”

Read the full letter to students below:

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