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9 students test positive for COVID-19 in Braiden, Summit Hall

Six students in Braiden Hall and three students in Summit Hall tested positive for COVID-19 after Colorado State University placed them under a mandatory quarantine Sept. 24.

In an email sent to residents of Braiden and Summit Sept. 29, the Pandemic Preparedness Team said all students who tested positive were moved into isolation and levels of COVID-19 in the wastewater have dropped. 

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“We want to thank you who followed our request to quarantine and test this weekend,” the email said. “Your commitment to your fellow Rams is appreciated and important to the health of our entire community. We know that being under quarantine can be difficult and stressful.”

For residents who left their hall during the mandatory quarantine, the University is requiring follow-up tests within 24 hours of a resident’s return to campus.  

Students who have been in close contact with someone who tested positive or who tested positive themself must remain in isolation or quarantine, the email said. These students were contacted by public health officials at CSU. 

“The best way to avoid becoming infected and to minimize the number of mandatory tests and the chances of another buildingwide quarantine is to diligently follow the public health guidelines,” the email said.

All other residents who tested negative are no longer in quarantine and may resume attending class, the email said. 

The Pandemic Preparedness Team also wrote that the COVID-19 numbers “are dynamic and will change.” 

As of Sept. 23, CSU had conducted over 15,760 COVID-19 tests, according to the COVID-19 Recovery website testing summary, and has had 343 cumulative COVID-19 cases since June, updated as of Sept. 28 on the COVID-19 Recovery dashboard. This creates a percentage rate of positive COVID-19 tests of 2.18%.

However, the number of positive COVID-19 cases reported on the dashboard reflects positive cases found from tests conducted by CSU and cases reported to the University by Larimer County and from private physician tests. The University is unable to determine how many total tests have been conducted on students, faculty and staff outside of CSU, so the total percentage rate of positive COVID-19 tests is likely lower than 2.18%. 

According to Public Safety and Risk Communications Manager Dell Rae Ciaravola, 164 of the positive COVID-19 cases at the University have come from University testing, which, as of Sept. 30, has totaled 18,700 conducted tests. This puts the percentage rate of positive COVID-19 tests completed by the University at 0.88%.

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The Collegian does not have the number of students tested in Braiden and Summit but will update this story as more information becomes available. 

Editor’s Note: This article was updated Sept. 30 to reflect more accurate information regarding the percentage of positive COVID-19 cases on campus. A previous version of this article did not fully explain the percentages. 

Serena Bettis can be reached at news@collegian.com or on Twitter @serenaroseb.

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Serena Bettis
Serena Bettis, Editor in Chief
Serena Bettis is your 2022-23 editor in chief and is in her final year studying journalism and political science. In her three years at The Collegian, Bettis has also been a news reporter, copy editor, news editor and content managing editor, and she occasionally takes photos, too. When Bettis was 5, her family moved from Iowa to a tiny town northwest of Fort Collins called Livermore, Colorado, before eventually moving to Fort Collins proper. When she was 8 years old, her dad enrolled at Colorado State University as a nontraditional student veteran, where he found his life's passion in photojournalism. Although Bettis' own passion for journalism did not stem directly from her dad, his time at CSU and with The Collegian gave her the motivation to bite down on her fear of talking to strangers and find The Collegian newsroom on the second day of classes in 2019. She's never looked back since. Considering that aforementioned fear, Bettis is constantly surprised to be where she is today. However, thanks to the supportive learning environment at The Collegian and inspiring peers, Bettis has not stopped chasing her teenage dream of being a professional journalist. Between working with her section editors, coordinating news stories between Rocky Mountain Student Media departments and coaching new reporters, Bettis gets to live that dream every day. When she's not in the newsroom or almost falling asleep in class, you can find Bettis working in the Durrell Marketplace and Café or outside gazing at the beauty that is our campus (and running inside when bees are nearby). This year, Bettis' goals for The Collegian include continuing its trajectory as a unique alt-weekly newspaper, documenting the institutional memory of the paper to benefit students in years to come and fostering a sense of community and growth both inside the newsroom and through The Collegian's published work. Bettis would like to encourage anyone with story ideas, suggestions, questions, concerns or comments to reach out to her at editor@collegian.com.
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Katrina Clasen, Design Director
Katrina Clasen is the current design director for The Collegian and is a third-year honors student pursuing a degree in fine arts with a concentration in graphic design and a minor in creative writing. This will be her third year working on the design desk at The Collegian after starting as a page designer in 2019 and design editor in 2020. As design director, Clasen oversees and aids the operations of The Collegian's print publication and design production team. She is eager to be leading her desk as the director alongside her incredible new team of designers. As a committed advocate for providing students with opportunities to share their voices, Clasen found her love for design when creating layouts and graphic art for her high school literary and visual arts magazine, The Looking Glass. Now she volunteers her knowledge of design to multiple on-campus magazines with her most recent position being graphic designer and managing editor for CSU's Honors Program Spiritus Mundi. Working alongside industry trailblazers within The Collegian has strengthened Clasen's ambition for innovation and creativity. She works to capture the expression of complex human thought by focusing on creating meaningful experiences through design. She dreams of one day founding her own design firm for creatives to consult and create all in one place. Growing up in Fort Collins, Clasen fell in love with the outdoors and connecting with others outside. She is happiest with her life-long friend and sister Natalya Clasen, cooking and chatting the hours away.

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