2 University of South Carolina sorority houses quarantined


FILE- The Horseshoe on the campus of the University of South Carolina in Columbia, S.C., is seen on on Jan. 25, 2014. (AP Photo/Bruce Smith/FILE)

COLUMBIA, S.C. (AP) — The University of South Carolina has quarantined two sorority houses after students living there tested positive for COVID-19.

University administrators said Tuesday the students were either asymptomatic or experiencing minor symptoms prior to being tested, The State newspaper reported.

University president Robert Caslen said the school acted to quarantine the sororities quickly.

“I remain confident in our ability to mitigate cases through testing, compliant student behaviors and the wearing of face coverings,” Caslen said in a statement. “Our campus community can be assured that we will act quickly and decisively if student behaviors are not compliant.”

A letter sent to Delta Delta Delta, one of the quarantined sororities, said the house will be required to quarantine for 14 days due to multiple confirmed cases among residents, The State reported. The sorority house students must take online classes during the quarantine period.

Officials did not report the identity of the second quarantined sorority house.

The university’s on-campus Greek Village has 20 facilities and houses approximately 700 students, according to its website.

The school has confirmed 44 active student cases and two employee cases as of Aug. 20, the day fall classes started, according to the university’s online COVID-19 tracker.

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