University of Minnesota officials are reviewing video footage from over the weekend that shows a large gathering violating COVID-19 guidelines outside the four “Superblock” residence halls on the Minneapolis campus.
The issue hits close to home for Dr. Michael Osterholm, the director of the Center for Infectious Disease Research and Policy at the University of Minnesota.
"Just as we would not want these students to go out and get intoxicated and get behind the wheel and drive, we also don't want them partying and being in large numbers together transmitting this viruts," Osterholm told Dave Lee on Wednesday morning. "We have seen a number of outbreaks in the stated tied to bars and events like this. We have a lot of messaging to do here."
Dr. Osterholm said a lot of younger patients are becoming more ill after contracting COVID-19 by developing chronic fatigue syndrome.
"They just have no energy and have heart and lung issues," Osterholm said. "I know young, healthy adults who are six weeks into their illness who are home and on oxygen. This is a condition that may be impacting 20 to 30 percent of the population who develops this infection. This is not something you want to get."
Phase one reads:
The plan calls for students to wear face masks and physically distance. Students who don't follow the requirements could have their housing contract terminated and face disciplinary action.