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University of Chicago brings isolation-in-place protocol back as COVID cases rise – NBC Chicago

As the so-called “stealth omicron” COVID subvariant continues its rapid spread in the Midwest, a school in Chicago is seeing a significant increase in cases and has announced the return of mitigation methods to help stop the spread of the disease.

According to UChicago COVID-19 Dashboard updated Friday, the school recorded 267 new cases of COVID for the period of April 8 to April 14.

The previous weekly tally was 180.

A April 15 UChicago Forward update released for students also indicated that due to the increase in cases, certain isolation protocols – which had not been used for several months – would return.

“There are now 64 students in isolation accommodation on campus,” the update said. “Housing & Residence Life is using in-place isolation for a limited number of cases until numbers return to a lower level. This approach was used temporarily in Winter Quarter. We will continue to rely on expert advice from UChicago Medicine.”

According to the publicly released university Advice for isolated people“Anyone living on campus who tests positive for coronavirus should live in isolated accommodation until cleared to return to campus by the university’s contact tracing team. those living off-campus are advised to self-isolate at home. Isolation typically lasts 10 days.”

The Chicago Maroon, the independent newspaper of the University of Chicago, reports thatbased on emails sent to students by school officials, “isolation in place” was implemented earlier in 2022 and is the process by which students could self-isolate in their own dormitories in an effort to conserve space in a different dorm specifically reserved for COVID isolation.