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CHICAGO (CBS) — In the biggest outbreak of COVID-19 since the start of the school year, more than 50 cases of the virus has been reported at the University of Chicago in the past 48 hours.
According to a statement from the university, a “substantial number of cases are among students living on-campus, distributed across multiple residence halls.” The university said it expects that number to increase.
The cases are being traced to off-campus fraternity parties and there is concern that the students have contracted the highly contagious B.1.1.7 variant of the virus.
Those who have tested positive are in isolation. Students living in residence halls must observe a new stay-at-home period of seven days, beginning immediately. Classes will be conducted remotely, starting Thursday, for at least seven days, the university said.
The univesity also urged students to arrange for a COVID-19 vaccine, either at the campus’ vaccine clinic or other location.
There have been 918 reported cases of COVID at the U. of C. since the start of the academic year, according to the university’s COVID dashboard.
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