University of Tennessee, Knoxville has 28 active COVID-19 cases, 155 people in isolation

The University of Tennessee, Knoxville has 28 active cases of COVID-19, Chancellor Donde Plowman announced Thursday.

Of those cases, 20 are students and eigh are employees, Plowman said during a COVID-19 update with faculty and staff. UT is also tracking how many people are self-isolating because of exposure to COVID-19. Currently, there are 155 people self-isolating. 

Of the people isolating, 13 are students living on campus, 69 are students not living on campus and 73 are employees. 

Students began moving back onto campus on Aug. 9, and the fall semester begins on Aug. 19. The university required students to wear masks when on campus and will require masks in classes, and to self-test for COVID-19 symptoms before coming to campus. 

Around 29,000 students are expected to enroll at UTK this semester, Plowman said in July, but not all students were attending in-person classes. About half of the classes offered this fall included an in-person component, while other classes were fully online or used a mix of in-person and virtual teaching.

A UT professor tested positive for the virus in May. Over the summer, several Tennessee athletes tested positive for COVID-19, including multiple basketball and football players. Those athletes were required to be quarantined for 14 days, per Tennessee’s June 3 plan for athletes returning to campus.

This is a developing story and will be updated.


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