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Greek activity suspended at Marshall due to COVID-19 cases

Published: Oct. 14, 2021 at 2:56 PM EDT
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HUNTINGTON, W.Va. (WSAZ) - All Greek activity on Marshall University’s campus has been suspended for 10 days following a spike in COVID-19 cases.

University officials say the cases have occurred in some of these student organizations.

Officials say the decision is being made in an abundance of caution to protect everyone.

Contact tracing is underway. Marshall University’s Director Environmental Health and Safety Tracy Smith says all Greek members who are not vaccinated and have been exposed to a positive case will be quarantined for 10 days.

“In addition to the quarantines and isolation of positives, we will be testing everyone who was exposed,” Smith said. “Additionally, we will be testing all members regardless of vaccine status each week for the next three weeks. Overall, our students have done a wonderful job keeping healthy and safe this semester; it’s unfortunate, but this decision is in the best interest of our community.”

According to the university, the campus vaccination rate is at just over 80 percent.

“Hearing about the outbreak, it kind of worries me,” Marshall student Hanna Casto said, “because we’re just starting to get back into normal, going to in-person classes, hanging out with other people, being out in the community like we used to before the pandemic.”

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