UConn places entire Storrs campus under quarantine

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STORRS — The entire University of Connecticut campus will be quarantined as the school tries to control the spread of the coronavirus, officials said Friday.

In a letter to the school community, Associate Vice President and Dean of Students Eleanor JB Daugherty said a “modified quarantine” will begin at 5 p.m. Friday and will last until residence halls close for Thanksgiving on Nov. 21.

“We don’t have the COVID spread under control,” Daugherty wrote in the letter. “I need us to do more to ensure that we are able to return home to our families healthy.”

The “modified” quarantine means all residential students must follow the university’s quarantine procedures. The only exception is that students under the modified quarantine who have not tested positive and have not been exposed to the virus can continue to attend classes in-person, participate in clinical placements and research functions, the letter said.

UConn officials are also requiring all students to get a COVID test before going home for Thanksgiving. UConn health officials will administer the tests on campus through Nov. 18.

“This is about family, my friends,” Daugherty wrote. “We all want to go home and be with our loved ones. It is essential that we return home to our families in our best health.”

Students are being urged to continue wearing masks, follow medical advice, refrain from gatherings, and remain in their rooms unless they are going to class or other academic activities, picking up food at the dining halls, getting COVID tested or going for walks outside.

In-person student activities and use of the recreational center have been suspended through Nov. 20 and dining halls will only offer food to-go.