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UCCS students test positive for COVID-19

Posted at 8:04 AM, Sep 02, 2020
and last updated 2020-09-02 10:04:03-04

COLORADO SPRINGS — UCCS officials announced Tuesday that three off-campus students tested positive for COVID-19.

The university said they were notified Monday that three students were tested at a community site.

"We are confident that these cases have not resulted in a campus-wide spread. We are glad that all three students are only experiencing mild symptoms and are self-isolating," Chancellor Venkat Reddy said in a release.

Reddy said since the students lived off campus, that is where the high exposure happened. Through contact tracing, 14 other students were found to have been in contact with the three students.

One class has been moved to remote learning after contact tracing revealed one of the students tested positive after going to an off-campus class meeting in a small group. In this group, the teacher let students take off their masks while they did not keep six feet of distance.

The other two positive students were on campus late last week, according to the university, and work face coverings and followed social distancing guidelines. This class has also been moved to remote learning as a "precaution."

While students returned to campus on Aug. 24, UCCS has said previously they plan to stay open for the entire semester, but will monitor conditions and make any necessary adjustments to keep everyone involved safe.