Five members of a single sorority at the University of Louisiana at Lafayette have tested positive for COVID-19, university officials announced in a press release Thursday.
Officials did not identity the sorority but stated the members followed protocols and self-reported their illnesses, UL Lafayette spokesman Eric Maron said in the release. They are now in isolation, he confirmed.
An additional 16 sorority members were in close contact with the women who tested positive and are now in quarantine, Maron said.
The university is conducting contact tracing to identify others who may have been in close proximity to the members. Student Health Services will notify anyone who is determined to have been in close contact with anyone who tests positive. Members of the sorority are being offered free, on-campus testing.
Once the cases are confirmed through documentation, the cases will be added to the university’s public COVID-19 dashboard. Since March, 138 students and faculty have tested positive for the coronavirus, according to the dashboard.