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Number of positive COVID cases increase on UWRF campus

September 15, 2020

As of Sept. 15, there are a total of 26 positive cases for COVID-19 on the UW-River Falls campus, according to data from the university website. In an email from Interim Chancellor Connie Foster, she wrote that this is an increase compared to the nine positive coronavirus cases that had been reported on Sept. 14.

The email stated that the increase in cases is due to the lack of compliance among students to follow coronavirus safety procedures. Foster said there is evidence that transmission of the virus is directly linked to gathering in large groups. Foster also listed the safety directives, to wear a mask, social distance, limit contact with large groups, hand washing and self isolation if infected. 

A warning was also included in the email regarding student behavior on campus. UWRF students who live on campus or use any facilities are being told of safety directives that will be strictly enforced. If students are not complying with these safety guidelines they may be subject to discipline including suspension or expulsion. In addition, students are encouraged to report any students who may not be following the guidelines that have been enforced. 

For students experiencing symptoms of COVID-19, the best thing to do is follow UWRF and Centers for Disease Control and Prevention guidelines: get tested, quarantine for two weeks, and follow mask-wearing, social distancing, and proper hand-washing practices.