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Stories and information in our region on the COVID-19 pandemic.

UConn Students May Be Breaking Quarantine To Go Shopping


The University of Connecticut starts class Monday. That’s after a coronavirus cluster linked to football players forced the campus to quarantine a 300-person dorm.

Jessica Delgato is a junior year nursing student and lives off campus. She said she ran into two students at the supermarket who said they lived in the quarantined dorm.

“They explained that they were in there to get groceries because they needed to be in a two-week quarantine, but I think it’s concerning they’re out and about and that UConn can’t just provide them with the things they need instead of being out in the community,” Delgato said.

Delgato said the students wore face masks in the store. She said they may have needed groceries because their dorm has apartments with kitchens.

UConn said in a statement the quarantined students should not be in the grocery store. They had the option to eat at a nearby dining hall that would serve only them.

A UConn spokesperson said students in quarantine should not be going to the grocery store. Students are asked to provide whatever available information they have to the UConn Covid Information Line at: 860-486-COVI or covidquestions@uconn.edu. University officials reported Sunday that 57 students have tested positive for the virus and are in isolation.

“This would help us be able to determine if the reports are accurate and, if so, to take action,” said UConn spokesperson Stephanie Reitz.

Cassandra Basler, a former senior editor at WSHU, came to the station by way of Columbia Journalism School in New York City. When she's not reporting on wealth and poverty, she's writing about food and family.