UC Davis fraternity members quarantined after ‘gathering’

Members of a UC Davis fraternity are now under quarantine after one of them contracted the coronavirus, apparently during a gathering of some type.

UC Davis officials reported the incident on Saturday after learning about it on Thursday.

The student who contracted the disease is part of the Theta Chi Fraternity at 501 Russell Blvd., and tested positive for COVID-19 on Thursday.

University and Yolo County health officials began contact tracing protocols, and the student is now safely quarantined at their parent’s home while other members of the group are being quarantined at apartments specifically set aside for such cases.

UCD officials reported there are 10 students living in the Theta Chi Fraternity house, which is off campus and not managed by the university.

Professional cleaners have since disinfected the house.

The quarantine was prompted, however, because the Theta Chi members held a gathering of between 10 and 20 people on Thursday evening, Nov. 12, which violated quarantine protocols and county and campus guidelines. Whether the “gathering” was a party or something else, was not specified.

On Friday evening, Yolo County Public Health officers sent the 10 remaining Theta Chi Fraternity members a quarantine order, and at the request of UC Davis’ officials, late Friday evening nine students moved into designated quarantine apartments on campus to keep them isolated.

One student was approved to stay at the Theta Chi residence to quarantine and take care of pets at the home.

“We are deeply disappointed and troubled by the alleged behavior and decisions demonstrated by these students,” said Chancellor Gary May. “The majority of students, faculty and staff have taken Yolo County Public Health guidelines very seriously since the pandemic began earlier this year. We have awareness campaigns going strong on campus and in Davis. I urge everyone in our community to follow public health guidelines and mandates, including wearing face coverings, socially distancing from one another and washing your hands frequently.”

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The Zeta Xi Chapter of Theta Chi fraternity is reputed to be one of UC Davis’ oldest fraternities. It was founded in 1967, in part due to the endowment of its 501 Russell Blvd., location, according to the fraternity’s website. The house has been continuously inhabited by the fraternity since 1970, making it one of the “longest continuous run in a single location among all UC Davis fraternities.”

Greek Life students have had priority in COVID-19 screening and testing since fall quarter began, according to a report from the university. The university continues to conduct contact tracing for those who may have been exposed during the Nov. 12 gathering.

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