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CU students urged to quarantine for 2 weeks amid virus spike

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CU students urged to quarantine for 2 weeks amid virus spike

BOULDER, Colo. (AP) — All students at the University of Colorado’s main campus are being told by local health authorities to self-quarantine starting Wednesday for the next two weeks to stem an alarming rise in coronavirus cases.

Jeffrey J. Zayach, executive director of Boulder County Public Health, sent an advisory Tuesday to students, faculty and staff at the Boulder campus. Zayach warned mandatory restrictions could follow if students do not comply.

University officials have reported 13 positive tests the first week of school, 90 the second week and 205 the third week. Most cases involve students who live off-campus. Officials say on-campus enrollment has dropped slightly this year for reasons related to the pandemic; roughly 30,000 students have enrolled in recent academic years.

Zayach asked students to stay at home — and especially to avoid gatherings of 10 or more people — whenever possible, with exceptions: To attend in-person classes, laboratory work and intercollegiate athletic training; go to work; and run essential errands such as child care and shopping for food or medicine. They can also exercise while observing social distancing and mask-wearing protocols, he said.

Zayach said that “it is imperative that all students comply with contact tracing and case investigation efforts.” And he warned that “more stringent and mandatory restrictions will be imposed if students do not comply and break the transmission cycle.”

Later Wednesday, the City of Boulder issued a mandatory self-quarantine order — with similar conditions to Zayach’s advisory — for residents of an off-campus duplex that is an annex for Kappa Sigma Fraternity. Residents have “repeatedly engaged in activities that violate public health orders during this pandemic,” the city […]

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