As a part of the second phase of coronavirus testing at the University of Kentucky, 5,500 fraternity and sorority students will be re-tested for COVID-19.
Evidence gathered by the university clearly suggests that students who participate in Greek life are more likely to contract coronavirus.
Specifically, students in FSL organizations currently have a positivity rate of approximately 3%, compared to the general student population’s positivity rate of approximately 1%. Both rates are lower than the Commonwealth’s positivity rate. Moreover, of the 49 students in isolation after testing positive for the virus, a majority — 30 — reside in two fraternity houses on campus. Those fraternities will continue to isolate in their respective houses.
The re-testing process for fraternity and sorority students will begin Sunday. Four walk-up lanes near The 90 and William T. Young Library will be available for the mandatory testing from 8 am-4 pm. Testing will take place at the same location from 8 am-noon on Monday, Aug. 24, through Sunday, Aug. 30.
Once the sorority and fraternity members are all tested, UK will move begin re-testing other groups of students. That plan will be announced at a later date. You can find more information, including a few words from president Eli Capilouto, right here.