Baylor orders students in dorm to ‘reside in place’ after 21 COVID-19 cases on 2 floors

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HOUSTON – Baylor University ordered students living on certain floors of one dorm, Martin Hall, not to leave their floors for four days while the university conducts contact tracing and rapid COVID-19 testing.

“Since Thursday, we have seen an increase from five positive Covid-19 cases to 21 positives on these two floors as of Saturday,” Baylor university said in a letter to students, faculty and staff Saturday.

Baylor University said these measures will enable the school to “tailor its response to the specific situation in Martin Hall without an immediate full quarantine.”

School officials will evaluate whether a stricter quarantine is needed.

“Please keep the residents of Martin Hall in your prayers while we ensure they are cared for and supported during this time,” Baylor University said in the letter.

Read the letter in its entirety below:

We wanted to inform the campus community that we have identified an increase in positive COVID-19 cases among residents on the 3rd and 4th floors of Martin Hall. Since Thursday, we have seen an increase from five positive COVID-19 cases to 21 positives on these two floors as of Saturday.

The University has notified all Martin Hall residents about next steps, which include requiring residents on the 3rd and 4th floors to reside in place and not leave their respective floors for the next four days. This action will do two things: (1) allow the University to complete contact tracing and institute daily COVID-19 rapid testing and rigorous assessment of any virus symptoms, and (2) enable the University to tailor its response to the specific situation in Martin Hall without an immediate full quarantine. We will evaluate the need for stricter quarantine if evidence suggests that such action is necessary.


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