Six University of Tampa students test positive for COVID-19 after spring break

Four of 'em are back on campus.

On Saturday, The University of Tampa (UT) shared that six of its students have tested positive for COVID-19. One of the students—who is self-isolating off campus—was traveling internationally according to UT, but the other five were traveling together and with other UT students during spring break, which started on March 8 and ended on March 15. The private, downtown Tampa college went to online only classes on March 17.

The UT students join one University of South Florida St. Petersburg student among some of the first local college students to test positive for the disease caused by the novel coronavirus that is sweeping the globe.

“One of the students did not return to campus after spring break, and four returned to campus. All are self-isolating – the latter four on campus -- and none have been hospitalized,” UT’s statement said. “We sincerely wish our students, and any others who may be affected, a full and rapid recovery.”

We wish those kids would use some of the knowledge their tuition is supposed to buy them to learn about social distancing.

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Read his 2016 intro letter and disclosures from 2022 and 2021. Ray Roa started freelancing for Creative Loafing Tampa in January 2011 and was hired as music editor in August 2016. He became Editor-In-Chief in August 2019. Past work can be seen at Suburban Apologist, Tampa Bay Times, Consequence of Sound and The...
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