Residents of these Greek homes have been asked to self-quarantine for 14 days from the day the outbreak was declared. Alpha Delta Pi and Alpha Xi Delta have six cases each, while Chi Omega and Kappa Delta have five cases each, the Riley County Health Department said Friday.
More than 60 US universities and colleges in at least 36 states have reported positive cases of Covid-19, and some have returned to distance learning to try to stem the spread. More than 8,700 infections among U.S. students and staff have been reported as of Friday, as the country approaches 6 million confirmed cases.
In the state of Kansas, event permits associated with fraternity and sorority organizations until September 10 have been canceled or revoked.
“It is no longer considered safe to hold these events in person and they may not take place,” the county said in a statement.
On the Manhattan campus, 364 students are in quarantine and 167 students are in isolation, the school said in a press release, noting an increase of 149 in quarantine and 49 in isolation since last week. The entire student body reports a positivity rate of 3.82%, the statement said.
Meanwhile, the University of Kansas reported a 10% positivity rate among its Greek community, with 270 members of sororities and fraternities there testing positive. This campus, in Lawrence, is approximately 120 km from the state of Kansas.
Statewide, Kansas has recorded more than 40,000 cases of the coronavirus, with 445 deaths.
Elizabeth Hartfield of CNN contributed to this report.