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UK re-testing fraternities and sororities after positives

A majority of the University of Kentucky’s COVID-19 positive students in isolation are in two fraternity houses, the university announced in a press release on Friday, leading to a re-testing of students in Greek life organizations.

Students in fraternities and sororities have registered a positivity rate of 3 percent — higher than the overall general student population of 1 percent, the release stated. Beginning Sunday, the approximately 5,500 UK students in Greek life organizations will be re-tested for the coronavirus.

Of the 49 students currently in isolation, 30 reside in two fraternity houses. UK President Eli Capilouto said in a statement that the re-testing of this group of students was part of the university’s second phase of student testing. The initial phase of testing all on-campus will conclude Saturday.

“It’s important that we address this issue of students in our fraternities and sororities quickly, thoughtfully and with care,” Capilouto said. “Our preparation and planning thus far have enabled us to understand issues as they arise and have given us the capacity to address them. That’s what we are doing in Phase II of our plan.”

This story will be updated.

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