At Least 28 Students Test Covid-19 Positive After Spring Break Trip To Mexico
WHAT’S BEING CLAIMED:
- Many spring breakers still pushed through with their vacation travel despite the COVID-19 pandemic.
- Twenty-eight (28) spring breakers tested positive for COVID-19 after returning from their trip to Mexico.
- The rest of the cluster of around 70 students from the Austin, Texas area is also under quarantine and are being tested.
Spring breakers faced intense backlash for continuing with their vacation trips despite the pandemic sweeping the globe. Tuesday, public health officials of Austin, Texas said that over two dozen of the spring breakers from the area have tested positive for COVID-19 following their spring break trip to Mexico.
The statement further detailed that the group of around 70 young adults traveled on a chartered plane to Cabo San Lucas. That trip was about a week and a half ago. When they returned, 28 of them tested positive for COVID-19.
The University of Texas, Austin told NBC News in a statement that many of those who went on the trip are their students. The university said that the incident is a “reminder of the vital importance” of heeding public health warnings.
After receiving the flight manifest of the chartered plane, the city and UT Austin contacted every spring breaker on the list. They are now being closely monitored.
Four of those confirmed cases were asymptomatic while dozens more were placed under public health investigation. City officials said they are investigating the entire cluster with confirmed cases self-isolating, many others being tested and under quarantine.
Though Mexico was not under federal travel advisory when the spring breakers had left, the city said residents should only travel for “essential purposes”. The city said, “A leisure vacation of any kind is not considered essential.”
Ron DeSantis, Florida’s governor, has also been criticized for not closing the sunshine state’s beaches and allowing spring break parties to continue.