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UConn places second dorm in quarantine due to coronavirus

Four students living in the Willard C. Eddy residence hall tested positive for the virus over the past week.

MANSFIELD, Conn. — The University of Connecticut on Saturday placed a second dormitory under medical quarantine after several students tested positive for the coronavirus.

UConn officials notified all 96 residents of the Willard C. Eddy residence hall that they were being placed under medical quarantine as of 4 p.m. Saturday because four students living in the dorm tested positive for the virus over the past week.

"This rate is disproportionate to the positive cases we have seen among other residential locations and cause for concern," UConn's medical director, Dr. Ellyssa Eror, wrote in an email to Eddy students.

UConn officials said 28 students living in Eddy were already in quarantine or isolation.

Nearly 150 UConn students living on the main campus have tested positive for the virus since returning to Storrs last month. There are currently 51 on-campus students who recently tested positive or are suspected to have contracted the virus recently, including 12 students who tested positive since Friday, officials said. About 5,000 students are living on campus.

UConn recently lifted a medical quarantine at another dorm, Garrigus Suites, while the off-campus The Oaks on the Square apartments is also under quarantine because of positive coronavirus tests, school officials said.