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University of Tampa reports 429 student COVID-19 cases, adjusts schedule for spring semester

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Posted at 5:26 AM, Oct 14, 2020
and last updated 2020-10-14 07:07:10-04

TAMPA, Fla. — Since the fall semester started, the University of Tampa has reported 429 students have tested positive for COVID-19.

Last week alone, there were 121 positive cases among students.

The school says 280 students have recovered so far.

MAP: Tampa Bay area universities and colleges that have reported positive COVID-19 cases

University officials tell ABC Action News they attribute the most recent spike to complacency off campus at bars, clubs, restaurants, house parties, and citywide events.

UT says they saw an increased number of cases in residence halls a few weeks ago and issued a moratorium on students visiting each other's dorm rooms. They say that seemed to help some.

Leaders are also adjusting the spring semester schedule.

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Based on public health guidance, they will replace traditional spring break with 4 non-instructional days throughout the semester to prevent the threat of virus transmission that could happen during a typical spring break.