K-State responds to reports of new COVID-19 outbreaks at four sorority houses

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Kansas State University responded Friday to reports that new COVID-19 outbreaks had been declared at four sorority houses, saying it is working with local health officials and increasing efforts to manage the increase in cases.

According to K-State officials, the university still has the capacity to isolate and quarantine students and contact tracers are keeping up with demand.

The Riley County Health Department reported 22 new positive cases combined across the Alpha Delta Pi, Alpha Xi Delta, Chi Omega and Kappa Delta sororities.

This came just two days after K-State officials met virtually with Greek-organization members to discuss the following of health protocols.

Overall, K-State estimates that on-campus face-covering compliance sits above 90 percent.

The Lafene Health Center is reporting that as of Wednesday this week, they are averaging about 35 positive test results per day with a positive rate of 19.1 percent. This is an increase from the first week of school, when the Lafene Health Center was averaging about 13 positive cases a day with a positive rate of 9.3 percent. The increase comes after K-State recently expanded its testing volume.

As of Thursday, the K-State campus in Manhattan had 364 students in quarantine and 167 students in isolation.

This is up from 149 students in quarantine and 49 students in isolation last Friday.

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