Florida university says students tested positive for coronavirus after spring break trip
The University of Tampa said Saturday that five of its students who traveled together during their spring break recently tested positive for the novel coronavirus.
“UT has been notified that five UT students, traveling together and with other UT students during Spring Break, have tested positive for COVID-19,” the university said in a tweet on Saturday.
The university did not disclose the names of the students, nor where they traveled during the break, which was earlier this month.
However, the university added that it “sincerely” wishes the students and others “who may be affected, a full and rapid recovery.”
UT has been notified that five UT students, traveling together and with other UT students during Spring Break, have tested positive for COVID-19. We sincerely wish our students, and any others who may be affected, a full and rapid recovery. https://t.co/MXl4e1v3gh
— The University of Tampa (@UofTampa) March 21, 2020
The report comes after Florida Gov. Ron DeSantis (R) urged students celebrating spring break in the state to exercise more caution and adhere to social distancing guidelines from health experts as local officials continue to work to mitigate the spread of the virus.
According to the Tampa Bay Times, the university is not the only one in Florida to report new cases of the virus in recent days. The University of South Florida St. Petersburg and the University of Florida reportedly made similar announcements on Sunday.
As of now, data from the Florida Department of Health shows that more than 1,000 cases have been recorded in the state, as well as 13 deaths so far.