The University of South Carolina placed residents of an additional Greek Village house in quarantine Friday after several residents tested positive for the coronavirus. This is the sixth Greek Village residence placed under quarantine. Students residing in those homes will remain in quarantine for up to 14 days. Students who test positive are relocated to isolation or have the option to return home.
UofSC also announced Friday an additional 210 active COVID cases based on testing Thursday. This brings the total number of active cases at the university to 557 (including students, faculty and staff). The university has conducted 10,485 total tests.
The number of student cases represents about 1.1 percent of the total UofSC student population, according to university officials.
UofSC President Bob Caslen said he remains committed to ensuring in-person classes are held at the University of South Carolina this fall. "While this week’s rise in the number of positive COVID cases concerns me, we always knew that there would be a rise in cases once the entire campus community returned. Fortunately, all of our cases to date have been minor and our key dashboard indicators are well within the modeled parameters. As I’ve said repeatedly, we will take the steps needed through education--and if necessary, student discipline--to slow the spread of the virus within our campus community," he said.