WHAT’S BEING CLAIMED:
- After dozens of young people flocked to Florida beaches for spring break despite the CDC guidelines, at least 4 students from the University of Tampa have tested positive for the coronavirus.
- The four students had traveled together for spring break, three of whom returned to campus after their vacation.
- So far, none of them have needed hospitalization, while the three students in the campus are now self-isolating.
After Florida students flocked to the beaches for spring break, at least four have tested positive for the coronavirus.
The University of Tampa confirmed at least four cases on Saturday.
The four students had traveled together for spring break, which was from March 8 to March 15. It is still unknown, however, where they traveled to.
Three of them returned to campus after their vacation and are now self-isolating. So far, none of them have needed hospitalization.
The university announced, “The Florida Department of Health is following its protocol to identify, notify, and quarantine any individuals that have had contact with these individuals.”
The university had switched to an online-class format starting last Monday until the rest of the semester. However, the school allowed campus residence halls to remain open for students who lack alternative housing options.
Last Monday, several photos and videos showed a packed Clearwater Beach. Several students had flocked the beaches for spring break and ignored the guidance of the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) to avoid gatherings of 10 or more people.
Several health officials and lawmakers, including Florida governor Ron DeSantis, called for young people to follow social distancing recommendations to help curb the spread of coronavirus.
A new report from the CDC revealed that younger people are at a higher risk for hospitalization due to severe coronavirus symptoms than initially believed.
All beaches in Pinellas County have since been closed since last Friday.
Source: New York Post