University of Illinois Could Flunk Its COVID Test Because of Partying With 784 Cases in 10 Days

By , WBBM Newsradio 780 AM & 105.9 FM

(WBBM NEWSRADIO) -- Over the past 10 days, the University of Illinois at Champaign-Urbana has had 784 cases of coronavirus.

Chancellor Robert Jones says the increased number of cases is attributed to large parties this past weekend — and some students’ decision not to isolate after they test positive.

Martin Burke, associate dean for research at the Carle Illinois College of Medicine, says things were stable over the summer and the positivity rate was low.

“This is why we rightly felt very confident that this can work,” he said Wednesday. “What we didn’t anticipate was that students would willingly break the law. Students have chosen to break the law.”

U of I says more than 100 students and several organizations are facing student discipline, and two students have been suspended.

Now, Burke said, it’s time to “right the ship." The university says it’s “intensifying discipline” over the next two weeks.

“This is not a sinking ship. This is not a spiral downward. This is a preemptive measure to help us all stay together, and the ones who want to do their part can do it and can turn us back into the right direction.”

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