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UW-Milwaukee says COVID-19 cases 'remain low' compared to other universities

Posted at 5:01 PM, Sep 11, 2020
and last updated 2020-09-11 18:01:07-04

MILWAUKEE — The University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee is "strongly discouraging" in-person gatherings between people of separate households if the right safety measures aren't met.

UWM calls on people in such gatherings to still maintain social distancing and wear face masks. If not, such gatherings should not take place, the university warns.

Meanwhile, UWM admits that the number of COVID-19 cases in the university "remains low," in stark contrast to the spiraling percent of positive cases at its counterpart at UW-Madison.

“It’s a fluid situation,” said UWM Dean of Students Adam Jussel in a release. "We are constantly reminding everyone – including students – to adhere to guidelines designed to protect everyone’s health.”

Most students are following safety protocols, according to Alyssa Conrardy, UWM neighborhood housing and relations coordinator.

“Many students are frustrated when they see peers who are not following guidance and are causing disruptions in the neighborhood,” Conrardy said.

The UWM Police Department meanwhile has added extra patrol teams to remind students of safety protocols in the neighborhoods. School police do have the go-ahead to intervene when social gatherings become large.

According to the UWM coronavirus dashboard, the university tallied 32 confirmed cases between Sept. 7 - 13. That's compared to 19 in the previous week, and three before that.

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