Nearly 50 Students Isolated or Quarantined After Testing

By Elizabeth Scalzo


Nearly 50 Metro students, including a number of student-athletes, have been moved into quarantine or isolation after coronavirus tests on campus, the university confirms to The Equinox.

“We have 44 [students] in quarantine and 5 in isolation,” Angelo Carfagana, the associate vice president for university communication, told The Equinox. He said 13 students have chosen to quarantine at home.

Four Metro campus students tested positive for COVID-19 out of 100 tests administered last week following an off-campus party, the university reported in last week’s health and safety update email.

‘Not all of those [isolated or quarantined] were the result of one event,” Carfagna said.

On Wednesday, Oct. 21, the university is expected to update confirmed cases on both campuses through its weekly health and safety email to the community. 

Students in isolation are placed in a private room if they show at least one or more symptoms of the coronavirus or have tested positive. Neither group can leave the dorms, and food is delivered to their rooms.

The quarantine measures are part of the contact tracing process the university put in place for the fall semester.

According to the fall 2020 plan, quarantined students are moved into separate dorms from the main population of campus but can be in the same suite as other students being quarantined. Each student has a designated bathroom for private use. Students in quarantine have not shown symptoms but have come in contact with someone who has.

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