UCF puts 2 more Greek houses under quarantine

Total of 3 cases detected between both houses, university says

ORLANDO, Fla. – Two more Greek houses were placed under quarantine over the weekend after detected cases of coronavirus, according to the University of Central Florida.

Delta Delta Delta Sorority and Kappa Sigma Fraternity had three cases between both houses, the university said.

As of Monday, UCF had five houses that have been placed under quarantine due to coronavirus exposure, however, the previous three houses have since had their quarantines lifted.

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Monday’s announcement came as testing began for students who were randomly selected by the university to get a better understanding of the prevalence of the virus on campus.

“If we distinguish that there’s more than we suspected, we might then go back and do more testing and surveillance of that area,” Director of Student Health Services Dr. Micael Deichen said.

The first round of testing is comprised of 100 students who were chosen from Greek-lettered organizations with on-campus housing.

“We’re going to do the same thing with other groups too,” Deichen said. “Faculty and staff throughout the campus; everyone is going to be part of this random testing effort.”

Meanwhile, officials with UCF also announced a new push to encourage everyone to get a flu vaccination.

The university debuted its Mobile Flu Cart initiative on Monday.

During the fall semester, the cart will be driven across campus and students will be able to receive their free flu shot from a nurse on-board.

“If we all do this, we’ll be safer from the flu and better prepared for the pandemic,” Dean of the College of Medicine Dr. Deborah German said.

University officials said they plan to roll out another flu shot event in October.

The first round of random COVID-19 testing concludes on Wednesday. Officials said they plan to randomly select the next group of students, faculty or staff in less than three weeks.

Testing will take place in Garage A from Sept. 21 to Sept. 23. The university will cover the cost of the tests.

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