By Samuel Still, Assistant News Editor
Members of UTC’s Kappa Sigma fraternity and Delta Zeta sorority have been exposed to COVID-19, according to separate press releases sent out by the university.
UTC and the Hamilton County Health Department are working together to identify and contact any person that may have interacted with members of Kappa Sigma or Delta Zeta at any point since Aug. 8. According to the UTC press release, leadership from Kappa Sigma and Delta Zeta are assisting in contact tracing efforts.
Regarding the circumstances behind the exposures, Kappa Sigma leadership could not be reached for comment and Coordinator for Fraternity and Sorority Life Elena-Grace Anderson declined to comment on the situation. Delta Zeta President Genna Parker, in a statement, made clear that exposure among sorority members was not a result of any Delta Zeta-sponsored activities.
“Delta Zeta has not held any in-person events since the Spring of 2020,” Parker said, “therefore there have been no opportunities for exposure outside of living arrangements. Unfortunately, a very small number of members contracted the virus from separate isolated occurrences.”
Parker also stated that at the Delta Zeta residence, guidelines put forth by the Center for Disease Control and Hamilton County Health Department regarding sanitation and social distancing are being followed. Prior to this exposure, Delta Zeta had already made the decision to take sorority events completely online for the safety of its current members and potential recruits.
Members of the UTC community that have come into contact with individuals from either Kappa Sigma or Delta Zeta are encouraged to get tested for COVID-19 and disclose their exposure to UTC Health Team officials by filling out the notification form found at www.utc.edu/covidnotify. Free COVID-19 testing for UTC students, faculty and staff can be done through the UTC Health Center and non-UTC individuals can find information regarding free testing in Hamilton County on the Hamilton County Health Department’s website.
The university encourages all students to help prevent the spread of COVID-19 by following the health and safety guidelines put in place, such as wearing a mask whenever they are on campus, washing hands frequently with soap and water or hand sanitizer, maintaining social distancing inside and outside campus buildings and by quarantining, reporting and getting tested if potentially exposed to COVID-19. Additionally, the university encourages these practices to be followed by all members of the UTC community regardless of if they are on campus or not.