Two new COVID-19 clusters identified at UT Knoxville sororities

The University of Tennessee at Knoxville has reported two additional COVID-19 clusters at sorority houses. 

The Delta Delta Delta and Alpha Delta Pi sororities are both now considered clusters by the university. The university defines a cluster as at least five positive COVID-19 cases or 20 close contacts stemming from the same event or location. In total, there have been four clusters identified.

The Delta Delta Delta and Alpha Delta Pi sorority houses are both located in sorority village at UT. 

Last week, the Zeta Tau Alpha house was identified as a cluster after two residents of the house tested positive for COVID-19. Because of how the house is set up, with shared bathrooms and living spaces, all of the residents of the house are considered close contacts, Chancellor Donde Plowman said.

The first cluster stemmed from a party thrown at a house on Laurel Avenue. There are 210 active cases of COVID-19 and 983 people in self-isolation at UT Knoxville, as of Monday. 

Other Greek organizations temporarily suspended

Last week, the university announced five fraternities and one sorority had been placed on interim suspension for breaking COVID-19 guidelines. 

Alpha Tau Omega, Sigma Alpha Epsilon, Delta Tau Delta, Pi Kappa Alpha, Kappa Alpha and Chi Omega were placed on interim suspension for hosting gatherings that did not follow mask and social distancing requirements. While suspended, they are not allowed to host any events, virtually or in-person. 

UT has also taken disciplinary action against individual students: three students for throwing a party that did not comply with guidelines, and one students for leaving isolation after testing positive for COVID-19. 

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