University of Tampa confirms several college students are infected with COVID-19
Several Florida students have tested positive for the coronavirus after returning from their spring break trip, the University of Tampa has confirmed.
The school announced that five of their college students have been infected with COVID-19, so far, after ignoring social distancing advice to avoid public gatherings.
Spring breakers have been triggering global outrage after images and videos have gone viral on social media, showing them defiantly flouting warnings to not gather in large groups.
The students were traveling along with other University of Tampa students before testing positive, WFLA reported.
The university did not reveal where the students went during their spring break trip or whether they lived off-campus or in college dorms.
The students are currently in self-isolation recovering from the Chinese disease, WFTS reported.
The university sent its well-wishes to those students recovering from the coronavirus in a Saturday tweet.
UT has been notified that five UT students, traveling together and with other UT students during Spring Break, have tested positive for COVID-19. We sincerely wish our students, and any others who may be affected, a full and rapid recovery. https://t.co/MXl4e1v3gh
— The University of Tampa (@UofTampa) March 21, 2020
“We sincerely wish our students, and any others who may be affected, a full and rapid recovery,” the university posted on Twitter Saturday night.
The university moved all classes online on March 17 and had canceled in-person commencement, according to the university website.
The news comes as many college spring breakers had partied on Florida’s beaches despite social distancing orders from officials to limit groups to ten.
Miami Beach shut down its beaches in response to the growing coronavirus pandemic after spring breakers defied officials’ social distancing orders to party on the beach.
Despite warnings health chiefs that people should practice “social distancing” photos shows beaches across Florida packed with partygoers marking the annual vacation.
Brady Sluder, a spring breaker from Ohio, went viral when he told Reuters: “If I get corona, I get corona.
“At the end of the day, I’m not gonna let it stop me from partying.
“We’re just out here having a good time. Whatever happens, happens.”
“If I get corona, I get corona”
— BBC News (World) (@BBCWorld) March 20, 2020
Florida Gov. Ron DeSantis put the final nail in the coffin for many spring breakers’ plans when he said Thursday that “the party’s over in Florida” because many of the state’s beaches and bars are closed.