MILWAUKEE — Marquette University has ordered all students of Schroeder Hall to quarantine for 14 days, effective at 10 p.m. Monday.
The announcements comes after the university and the Milwaukee Health Department confirmed a "cluster" of increasing COVID-19 cases among residents of the dorm.
About 373 students live in Schroeder Hall, and about 3 percent of them have tested positive, Vice President for Student Affairs, Dr. Xavier A. Cole, explained in a letter to residents of Schroeder Hall Monday.
The quarantine ends at 10 p.m. Sept. 28, 2020.
Students at the dorm are also being required to get tested for the coronavirus this Wednesday, Thursday and Friday at a temporary testing site outside of Schroeder Hall.
Students who do test positive will isolate in a "university-identified isolation space," according to Cole.
"I know we’ve all been trying to do our part in mitigating the risk of COVID-19. Part of that process is understanding when we need to take even stronger measures to address the spread of the virus on campus," Cole wrote to the students.
Read the university's full directive below:
- You are directed to quarantine in their rooms beginning at 10 p.m. tonight, Sept. 14, 2020. That means you should not leave the building to attend classes or for any other reason except for a medical appointment. You should also not visit other students rooms in order to help mitigate the spread.
- You should email your professors to alert them that you have been placed on quarantine.
- While you are in quarantine at Schroeder Hall, you are expected to complete COVID Cheq each day. If you develop symptoms during quarantine, you should call the Medical Clinic at 414-288-7184.
- The Schroeder Hall dining facility will only be available to Schroeder Hall residents in quarantine for grab-and-go options. The Schroeder Hall dining facility will not be open to non-Schroeder Hall residents until the quarantine is lifted. You will be assigned a time to visit the dining facility for carry out options.
- You are NOT being asked to move out of the residence halls or leave town; you should quarantine in your rooms. CDC guidance suggests that you should not travel home during this two-week period. This is to protect you, your family, and the community. Staying where you are is the safest course of action.
- If you choose to leave campus to quarantine, you need to stay off-campus for all 14 days of the quarantine and then must provide proof of a negative COVID-19 test within three days of returning post 14-day quarantine. If you choose to quarantine at your permanent place of residence, you must notify your hall director that you are leaving by sending an email to firstname.lastname@example.org.
Testing for all Schroeder Hall Residents:
- All Schroeder Hall residents who have not been tested for COVID-19 this week will be required by the Milwaukee Health Department to be tested this week. COVID-19 tests will be conducted by the Marquette University Medical Clinic in coordination with the Milwaukee Health Department this Wednesday, Thursday and Friday at a temporary testing site outside of Schroeder Hall. Residents will be contacted with an appointment time for testing. Residents who have had a positive test in the past 90 days will not be retested.
- Residents who test positive will be directed to isolate in university-identified isolation space. Violation of isolation or quarantine directives will result in university sanctions via the student conduct process and/or placed under an order by the Milwaukee Health Department.
Services for Quarantined Students:
- The university is coordinating pastoral care, academic services such as virtual tutoring and mental health resources through the Counseling Center for Schroeder Hall residents in quarantine. More information will be shared with Schroeder Hall residents via their Marquette email tomorrow.