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UW-Eau Claire quarantines 184 students following COVID-19 cases

As of Sunday, 69 students had tested positive.

The University of Wisconsin - Eau Claire is quarantining 184 students for the next two weeks.

In a campuswide email on Monday, UW-Eau Vice Chancellor for Equity, Diversity and Inclusion and Student Affairs Warren Anderson said 69 students had tested positive for COVID-19 as of Sunday. Of those students, 17 live on campus. Six of the students may have had interactions with other students in the residence halls.

No students have been hospitalized, according to the email.

Coming less than a week after classes resumed in Eau Claire, the school will place six residence hall wings into full quarantine for the next 14 days. Even if students are not ill or showing symptoms of COVID-19, they should not leave their rooms.

The school also has separate isolation beds for students showing symptoms.

UW - Eau Claire has arranged for meal and book delivery to students in quarantine and isolation.

“This is happening, we’re on top of it and we have programs in place to manage this,” Anderson said in a statement.

Investigations into the positive also indicate positive there was no close student contact to UW- Eau Claire classrooms, according to the email.

The school also plans to launch a dashboard of the number of tests and positive cases on campus this week. Students are also asked to record their temperatures and symptoms daily on the school’s Blugold app.

UW - Eau Claire isn’t the only school in the system struggling to safely reopen. In Madison, the system’s flagship campus asked students to “severely limit” in-person contact starting on Monday through Sep. 21.

According to a letter from UW - Madison Chancellor Rebecca Blank, this limits students to receiving medical care, purchasing food, going to work, individual outdoor activity and religious observance. 

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