89 Baylor students test positive for COVID-19 since beginning of fall semester

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WACO, Texas – A total of 89 Baylor University students have tested positive for the Coronavirus since returning to school.

The university tells FOX44 that early in the semester, it expects increases in active cases due to more people having arrived on campus over the past week, plus the availability of testing.

At this time, Baylor’s positivity remains below just over three percent, but the university does know the majority of cases are coming from students living off-campus.

In some of these cases, unhealthy behaviors have contributed to the increase.

From an email sent to students last night from Vice President for Student Life Dr. Kevin Jackson: “It is important for you to know that out of care for the entire University community, we will take swift disciplinary action to address incidents of misconduct related to COVID-19. Investigations since last weekend have resulted in several students being placed in an interim suspension status and the overall suspension of a student organization.”

The university continues to monitor cases and is isolating them and quarantining direct contacts to help mitigate any further spread. In addition, the university is launching ongoing COVID-19 surveillance testing next week as part of the ongoing mitigation and prevention efforts related to the virus.

When students test positive for the virus, the school tells Family Health Center Dr. Jackson Griggs they have special accommodations.

“When Baylor has a student that is living on campus who tests positive, they’ve set aside isolation beds,” Griggs said. “That student is able to stay on campus and live on campus in an isolation bed until they’re no longer infectious.”

In a meeting on Wednesday, Mayor Kyle Deaver expressed his excitement with having students back in Waco – but expects compliance.

“Our colleges are re-opening and students are returning to Waco. They have returned to Waco,” Deaver said. “This is a good thing. We want to welcome them back. We need them here in Waco. We need them both for the economy and for the vitality they bring to our community, but we are going to both need and expect them to follow the orders and the guidelines as they live in our community.”

Mayor Deaver says Baylor will be working closely with the Waco-McLennan County Public Health District in case a major outbreak of COVID-19 happens on campus.

Source: Baylor University

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