Several fraternities, sororities, and rental houses in Ingham County are now under a mandatory quarantine.

After 342 people in the Michigan State University community tested positive for COVID-19, the Ingham County Health Department has been forced to take action. A mandatory quarantine has been issued for 30 fraternities, sororities, and rental houses in the East Lansing area.

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The two-week quarantine applies to anyone living at the 30 properties. If anyone is found to be in violation of the order, they could end up with jail time and/or fines.

I do not take this lightly, but there is an outbreak centered on Michigan State University and it is quickly becoming a crisis...The surge in cases we have seen over the past few weeks is alarming. I am disheartened to add that this outbreak is being fueled in part by a lack of cooperation and compliance from some MSU students, many residing in the properties now under mandatory quarantine. We must contain COVID-19 cases; however, within the MSU community we have been unable to do so with comprehensive contact tracing so other means of disease containment are necessary...said Ingham County Health Officer Linda S. Vail. 

Those residents living in those properties will have to do the following for the next two weeks:

  • Remain in the residence unless seeking medical care or getting necessities that cannot be delivered.
  • Separate themselves from the others in the residence when possible.
  • Wear face coverings in common areas.
  • Maintain social distancing.
  • Answer or return phone calls and texts from ICHD staff or the University Physician's Office within two business hours.
  • Take their temperature twice daily.
  • and more. 

I don't know about you, but that sounds awful to me.

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