Friday, October 09, 2020
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On Friday night, the University of Rhode Island announced it is issuing a 14-day shelter-in-place order for the URI Greek community.
According to URI, the order “extends from 9 tonight, Friday, October 9, to Saturday, October 24. To shelter-in-place means that members of our Greek community should not leave their residences (on and off-campus houses) EXCEPT for medically related trips.
Students will take all of their classes virtually during this time and are not to come to campus or leave their Greek houses for any reason other than to access medical care and other essential services (grocery shopping for off-campus residents, prescription pickup, and essential employment).
Students who are sheltering should not participate in clinicals. Greek students should participate in mandatory testing during this shelter-in-place period when invited.”
URI now has 277 positive cases.
URI said it has taken this action in response to the rising number of coronavirus cases in the Greek community. According to URI, the testing data they collected as of 3:30 p.m. on Friday, October 9, led the university to this decision is as follows:
On-campus population (students in URI residence halls/facilities) positivity rate 0.65%
Off-campus student total population positivity rate 3.83%
Greek housing positivity rate 11.17%
“When we look specifically at all students who live off-campus, we know that off-campus Greeks have a positivity rate of 9.06% whereas the non-Greek off-campus positivity rate is only 0.76%,” said URI. “This data tells us that we need to mobilize our Greek community immediately to stop the spread. You are our campus leaders, and we need your help to fight the virus.”