42 Florida State students test positive for COVID-19

Published: Aug. 19, 2020 at 4:39 PM EDT
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TALLAHASSEE, Fla. (WCTV) - Florida State University has confirmed to WCTV 42 students on campus have tested positive for COVID-19 over a two-week period.

The school says they have conducted 3,222 tests of students, faculty and staff from August 2-15 and the percent positivity is 1.46%. All residential students are being tested upon their arrival to campus. FSU is strongly encouraging non-residential students to be tested as well.

FSU tells WCTV that students who test positive who live on campus are moved to isolate for 14 days inside one of the university’s isolation residence halls or another isolation facility. The school says off-campus students will isolate in their off-campus homes for 14 days.

Any students, faculty or staff who may have been exposed and are identified through contact tracing will be notified and required to quarantine for 14 days as well, according to the university.

The school says students who tested positive will be given clearance to return to their regular campus residence hall or return to campus determined by appropriate university or CDC guidelines.

Students started moving back onto campus August 12. The move-in process was spread out over a 12-day period to provide for social distancing and follow other health guidelines.

The fall semester at Florida State is set to start August 24. The university will offer many courses via distance learning, but there will be face-to-face classes for selected lab, experiential and other courses. Some courses will be a hybrid of both face-to-face instruction and remote learning.

No face-to-face classes will be held after Thanksgiving break.

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