After 35 students tested positive for Covid-19, the University of Connecticut quarantined the residents of five campus dormitories.
School officials blamed the outbreak of the March gathering and elevated its main campus in Storrs Village to “yellow” restrictions, which included online guidance for quarantined students.
The dean of student Eleanor Daugherty said in a letter: “The positive rise may be related to the large number of off-campus gatherings reported last weekend.”
Isolation means that students in Eddie, Middlesex, Wyndham, Rogers and Russell dorms cannot attend classes or participate in activities. Daugherty said all on-campus dormitory residents will be denied visitors.
Daugherty said residents of these five dormitories must stay on campus during the spring break originally scheduled for the week of April 1
The agency said in a statement that the Connecticut State Police held a family gathering near the campus on March 27. An estimated 100 guests attended the gathering.
The department said: “It is reported that people in the gathering are not far from society.”
The state police said that two people were arrested, one of whom was suspected of hosting the event despite being restricted by the epidemic, and the other was suspected of throwing alcohol at state officials.
Daugherty warned against attending the party.
She said: “These gatherings increase the risk of exposure and spread. If we don’t follow universal precautions, such as wearing masks and keeping physical distance, exposure and spread are more likely to occur.”
Joe Stadley Contributed.