STORRS (AP) — The University of Connecticut has put five dorms under quarantine after an outbreak of COVID-19 that officials say may be related to several large, off-campus parties last weekend.
Thirty-five positive cases had been identified on campus in the two days leading up to Friday, the Hartford Courant reported. Residents at the five dorms are able to receive meals at designated dining halls but aren’t allowed to attend in-person classes or events.
Officials said the quarantine likely will last until the end of this week, when students are scheduled to leave for spring break and learn remotely the rest of the semester.
On March 27, state police arrested two people after breaking up an off-campus house party involving more than 100 people. Another party involving as many as 200 maskless revelers was shut down earlier in March for violating state restrictions in gatherings.
State data has showed Connecticut’s recent uptick in COVID-19 cases has been concentrated in younger residents, who have only become eligible to receive vaccinations recently.
Residents under 40 accounted for about 61% of positive tests from March 14-27, compared to about about 52% in late January, the newspaper reported. Positive tests for residents 60 and older went from 19 percent in late January to 11 percent recently.