NH Health Department looks into possible outbreak tied to frat party

Published: Sep. 7, 2020 at 6:13 AM EDT|Updated: Sep. 8, 2020 at 5:35 AM EDT
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DURHAM, N.H. (WCAX) - The president of the University of New Hampshire says 11 cases of the virus that causes COVID-19 have been traced to a fraternity party.

The New Hampshire Bureau of Infectious Diseases says it learned about the party after someone who went tested positive. They say that person was asymptomatic.

“We’re concerned about any other individuals who may have been attending events there or visiting their friends at this location just because we know there have been at least 11 people who have tested positive who are associated with Theta Chi,” said Dr. Beth Daly, the Chief of the NH DHHS Bureau of Infectious Disease Control.

In a Sunday letter to the university community, UNH President James Dean said more than 100 students and nonstudents attended the Aug. 29 party at the Theta Chi fraternity.

Dean called the party “reckless behavior” that could force the Durham school to switch to a fully remote learning mode. He called the party reprehensible.

Student conduct charges will be pursued against the organizers of the party and all students who attended the event.

Dean ordered a moratorium on any in-person gatherings of any size within the fraternity, or sorority system or other social groups.

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