Around 190 Indiana University students are currently in quarantine or isolation at the school’s COVID-19 isolation facility, according to school officials.
IU spokesperson Chuck Carney said Tuesday that 34% of the 564 spaces at Ashton Residence Center are being used by students who have either tested positive for COVID-19 or have been identified as close contacts of someone who tested positive.
If students test positive themselves, they go into isolation. If they are identified as a close contact, they go into quarantine. The process is the same; the only difference is in the classification.
Carney said that while students in portions of residence halls, and in some cases, residents of entire floors of dorms have been directed to enter the isolation facility at Ashton, in most cases students are not being directed to quarantine or isolate in their own dorms.
“If the residents of that dorm floor were close contacts of somebody with a positive test, they would be directed to the quarantine space," he said. "They’re not quarantining on that floor.”
Carney said the latest numbers show a 3.64% positivity rate in the residence halls, which he said does not warrant any sort of emergency action.
As of Tuesday, 33 of IU’s Greek houses have been directed to quarantine by the Monroe County Health Department. Carney said the school’s concerns with that situation remain the same.
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