SEVERAL dozen students living in fraternity houses near the University of Washington’s campus have tested positive for COVID-19, the university has announced.
As of Friday, the university reported at least 38 students in 10 fraternity houses have tested positive in the Greek Row neighborhood north of the university.
Public Health Seattle – King County is leading the response in coordination with the students. The health department is working with the university to ensure Greek Row residents and others who visited the houses are actively working to contain the outbreak.
Leaders of the affected fraternities say the students who have tested positive or have COVID-like symptoms are isolating in their rooms and none of the students have been hospitalized.
There are currently 1,000 students living in 25 fraternity houses in the Greek Row neighborhood north of the university’s campus. The university says the residents of these houses are being asked to quarantine if they’ve tested positive or have COVID-like symptoms or self-isolate if they may have been exposed.
In total, 74 students, 7 faculty, and 32 staff members have tested positive for coronavirus at the university’s Seattle campus.
Public health officials are reminding everyone to wear face coverings in public spaces, keep 6 feet of distance whenever possible, and wash their hands frequently.
Last week, King County said they are starting to see an increase in positive coronavirus cases among 20 to 39 year old’s.