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Members of nine UW-Madison fraternities, sororities ordered to quarantine after members test positive

Posted at 6:30 PM, Sep 04, 2020
and last updated 2020-09-04 19:30:25-04

MADISON — Members of nine UW–Madison fraternities and sororities have been ordered to quarantine after some of their members tested positive for the coronavirus.

The nine chapters have about 420 members, according to the university. As of Sept. 2, 38 of those 420 members have tested positive for COVID-19.

Those students will now isolate for 14 days.

“Our goal is to stop any further spread of the virus among our students and the broader community,” said Jake Baggott, executive director of University Health Services, in a statement.

“We’re working closely with county health officials, student leaders, chapter advisors, and the housing corporations that own the chapter houses to address this quickly and thoroughly," Baggott said.

The other members who did not test positive will now be tested again for the coronavirus on Tuesday, Sept. 8, at a university testing site.

UW–Madison is also requiring that all live-in members of the other 38 Interfraternity Council (IFC) and Panhellenic (PHA) chapters with live-in chapter houses be tested for COVID-19.

“We are committed to addressing concerns and risks quickly in order to keep everyone in our community as safe as possible,” says Lori Reesor, vice chancellor for student affairs. “Our students’ commitment to following public health directives is an essential part of that effort.”

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