UConn lifts quarantine of Storrs residence hall, reports 17 COVID cases
STORRS — The University of Connecticut has lifted a quarantine for students living in the Garrigus Suites, a residence hall on the Storrs campus, university officials announced Wednesday.
The residence hall, which houses nearly 300 students, was placed under quarantine at the beginning of the month just weeks after students moved in, after 10 new cases of COVID-19 were found there.
“I am happy to share that, due to the conscientious actions of our Garrigus residents, the building has been lifted from residential quarantine,” Dean of Students Eleanor JB Daugherty wrote in a letter to students Wednesday.
She said the quarantine efforts had resulted in “halting the spread of the virus in Garrigus.”
“This is a heroic undertaking for everyone. Together, we flattened the curve,” said Daugherty, who also serves as the school’s associate vice president for student affairs.
On Wednesday, the school reported 17 new cases among Storrs students— only one of whom is living on campus, according to UConn spokeswoman Stephanie Reitz.
Sixteen other students living off campus have reported they tested positive for COVID-19, the disease caused by coronavirus, since Tuesday, Reitz said.
Of those off-campus students, seven were residents of The Oaks on the Square apartment complex. Students living there were ordered to quarantine for at least 14 days last week amid a spike in infections.
No new infections were reported among UConn employees or the school’s four other campuses.
Sacred Heart University reported two students tested positive Wednesday after the lab mislabeled the positive test for another student living in the hall last week.
University officials learned of the mistake Tuesday and placed the student in isolation and their roommate in quarantine, the Fairfield school said in a statement.
“The student attended classes, but had limited contact outside the room,” SHU said Tuesday.
The hall where the outbreak occurred has not been identified.
“In light of having three cases on the same floor, and out of an abundance of caution, we have made the decision to put the entire floor under cautionary quarantine and to move our alert status to yellow,” the school said in a followup message Wednesday.
Students living in the hall are being told not to leave their rooms unless they have to go to their designated bathroom, the school said. The school plans to deliver meals to them, and the students will be taking classes remotely.
All students on the floor will be tested Thursday, SHU said.
Four new cases were also reported Wednesday among SHU students living off campus, the school said.
Eastern Connecticut State University in Willimantic reported six off-campus students have tested positive for COVID-19 as of Wednesday. The school currently reports no residential students are in isolation for the illness, but three resident students and 31 commuter students are in quarantine, the school’s data shows.
Central Connecticut State University in New Britain reported two new cases among residential students Tuesday, the most recent daily data available. Testing last week revealed six positive cases — a positivity rate a little more than 3 percent — including four cases among staff members.
The United States Coast Guard Academy in New London reported no new cases in its surveillance testing from Sept. 4, the most recent data available.
The service academy has recorded nine positive tests, and a total of 105 people there have either tested positive, shown symptoms or been quarantined, according to David Santos, the academy’s director of communications.