New cases of COVID-19 have been confirmed at Colorado State University this week, including some associated with CSU Greek life.
Two new cases in off-campus Greek life housing were confirmed Sept. 23, according to Public Safety and Risk Communications Manager Dell Rae Ciaravola in an email to The Collegian.
These new cases include one positive case in the Sigma Pi fraternity house and one positive case in the Kappa Delta sorority house, both of which are the only known cases in their respective houses.
Additional cases include:
Chi Omega: 3 total cases
Phi Delta: 2 total cases
Gamma Phi Beta: 4 total cases
“Our contact tracers have confirmed that these cases appear to primarily be coming from limited contacts within small groups,” Ciaravola said. “However, because of the nature of Greek chapter houses, the virus may spread more easily among members … because the students who live there share many spaces.”
Ciaravola also added that Greek houses each had to offer written mitigation COVID-19 management plans before the semester began, and that CSU was working with houses to update their plans based on this semester’s experiences with COVID-19.
According to Ciaravola, there are no University students in the hospital. All students who live in several of these Greek houses were tested through mobile tests that were brought to them. The members who reside in the houses with multiple cases are currently quarantined for two weeks.
As of Sept. 23, CSU has conducted nearly 16,000 main campus tests since mid-August, according to the testing summary.
Chi Omega declined to comment out of respect for their members’ privacy.
The Collegian is awaiting response from both Gamma Phi Beta and Katie O’Donnell, Public Information Officer for the Larimer County Department of Health and Environment.
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