COLORADO SPRINGS, Colo. | A liberal arts college in Colorado has announced that hundreds of students are now in quarantine after 10 students tested positive for the coronavirus at the Colorado Springs campus, officials said.
Colorado College announced that two dorms, Mathias Hall and South Hall, were placed under quarantine Saturday, less than a week after the school opened for the semester Aug. 24, The Gazette reported.
College spokeswoman Leslie Weddell said 225 students were checked in at Mathias Hall and 213 students were checked in at South Hall for the semester. Some have left to quarantine at home.
El Paso County Public Health recommended the quarantine, which will remain in effect until Sept. 12, officials said. The 10 students who contracted the virus are in isolation.
A day after the quarantine was announced about 150 freshmen students in another dorm, Loomis Hall, were released from a separate two-week quarantine that started Aug. 16.
“We continue to work closely with Colorado College staff as they perform isolation and quarantine measures on campus,” El Paso County spokeswoman Natalie Sosa said. “Isolation and quarantine help control the spread of the disease by preventing further exposure.”
County health officials have said about 800 students were living on campus as of Aug. 25. About half of enrolled students have started the school year remotely.
Random COVID-19 testing is expected to continue on campus, officials said.
For most people, the new coronavirus causes mild or moderate symptoms, such as fever and cough that clear up in two to three weeks. For some — especially older adults and people with existing health problems — it can cause more severe illness, including pneumonia, and death.
The number of infections is thought to be far higher because many people have not been tested, and studies suggest people can be infected with the virus without feeling sick.