Nearly Two Dozen Sorority Members At Oklahoma State University Test Positive For COVID-19

Aug 15, 2020

On Saturday, Oklahoma State University announced nearly two dozen COVID-19 infections at an off-campus sorority house.

The release said the 23 positive COVID cases were determined though rapid antigen testing at an off-campus health care facility.

The sorority is currently quarantined and members are prohibited from leaving the house. One of the infected members does not live in the chapter house, but will also be quarantined.

OSU and the Payne County Health Department are now conducting contact tracing in regards to the cases. The sorority house will be disinfected now, as well as after the two-week quarantine period is over.

On Friday, OSU announced it will be giving regular updates on the number of COVID-19 cases found on campus and that 22 cases were discovered after performing more than 3,000 tests on students moving onto campus. A negative test of the coronavirus is required to live on campus.

Classes at OSU start this Monday. Under the schools' phased reopening plan, students were asked to take special precautions to avoid exposure for at least two weeks before the start of the fall semester. Sick students are not allowed to attend class and all students are required to wear masks inside campus buildings.