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East Carolina University agents have closed 20 parties for fear that rallies will spread the coronavirus

East Carolina University agents shut down 20 parties, including one with nearly 400 students, amid fear that rallies will spread the coronavirus

  • About 5,500 students arrived in the halls for the new semester on August 5
  • Parties were detained violating state rally guidelines, police said
  • In the week to August 8, 28 students and 2 staff were diagnosed with Covid-19

East Carolina University agents closed 20 parties just days after the start of the new semester amid fear that meetings will lead to an increase in coronavirus infections.

Officers said one of the parties was packed with about 400 students.

This year’s cohort of 5,500 students began arriving in the halls on Aug. 5, when a wave of unauthorized welcome celebrations struck during the opening weekend.

The parties violate the state ban on large gatherings of more than 10 people, enforced to stop the spread of the virus.

According to the university's website, there were 28 new diagnoses among students and two among employees in the week to 8 August

According to the university’s website, there were 28 new diagnoses among students and two among employees in the week to 8 August

Most celebrations were “manageable” in size from between 25 and 50 in attendance, Lieutenant Chris Sutton told McClatchy News.

But about 400 students attended one of the meetings, which were held several blocks away from the university in an area mainly filled with off-campus housing. The Virginian Pilot reported.

Sutton said the party was mainly attended by college-age revelers who scattered when authorities arrived.

Students who are found to be having a party with more than 25 people will be given a warning first, but further violations could have school-related ramifications or even state charges.

‘We have really had to change police methods in recent weeks due to various events in our country and now we have to grapple with a pandemic since our students returned to campus,’ he added.

The university allowed students to return this summer, and although classes began on Mondays, students are not required to undergo virus testing before returning to campus.

Guidelines on how to stay safe during the pandemic have been published on the ECU website and all teachers, staff, students and visitors are required to wear face coverings

Guidelines on how to stay safe during the pandemic have been published on the ECU website and all teachers, staff, students and visitors are required to wear face coverings

Guidelines on how to stay safe during the pandemic have been published on the ECU website and all teachers, staff, students and visitors are required to wear face coverings

According to the university’s website, there were 28 new diagnoses among students and two among employees in the week to 8 August.

That was more than 11 diagnoses the week before: eight among students and three among staff.

Guidelines on how to stay safe during the pandemic have been published on the ECU website and all teachers, staff, students and visitors must wear face-covering clothing.

When the document was released, the university said, “ In order to return, we must accept less independence, more guidelines and rules, and some important community expectations.

‘We have to work together. We hope you accept this important responsibility to our community and our university. ‘

Across North Carolina, there have been about 141,000 confirmed coronavirus infections and 2,313 deaths.

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