UConn Students Return to Campus with COVID-19 Precautions

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For UConn students arriving on the Storrs campus Saturday, among the things to check off the move-in list was getting a required COVID-19 test.

“It was pretty fast. It was very organized,” said Chanel Johnson, a UConn sophomore.

Before returning to campus, students needed to test negative.

And then after a second test once on campus, they must quarantine here until Feb. 1.

“Honestly, it’s great. I really feel like safe here,” said EJ McCabe, a UConn junior. “I just wanted to get back to campus, get out of the house.”

UConn has put together a 44-page spring reopening plan.

It includes:

  • All classes being online until Feb. 1
  • Dining will be takeout only until Jan. 30
  • Students will need to get another test about seven days after arriving on campus

“It’s very calming now because we don’t have to worry about such crowded areas. It’s 50% capacity. So it’s like, you know, it’s a good way to keep the virus down, from spreading,” said Johnson.

Testing will include routine surveillance, pooled sampling and checks of the wastewater.

Students we talked with had mixed feelings about so much virtual learning.

“For me, it’s fine because at least I’m safe,” said Johnson.This block will only appear on NBC Connecticut.

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“It’s really hard to communicate online sometimes. Kind of getting used to it. Like how to figure out what people mean when they’re saying. It’s hard to emote online I guess,” said McCabe.

UConn has put in place rules to keep social distancing in classrooms for when in-person learning resumes and students will have to wear a face-covering at all times when around others.

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