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IU Dorm floor quarantined after coronavirus exposure

August 30, 2020 – Bloomington, Indiana USA: Exterior of Spruce Hall on the campus of Indiana University where some students are being quarantined after the first week of fall classes during the Coronavirus pandemic. (Photo by Jeremy Hogan/The Bloomingtonian)

By Mary Claire Molloy – Special to The Bloomingtonian

September 2, 2020 – Bloomington, Indiana

Nearly an entire dorm floor at IU’s Spruce Hall was sent home or quarantined on campus after being exposed to a positive coronavirus case.

The INSPIRE LLC at Spruce is one of several themed living-learning communities at IU. Most residents are freshmen and education majors. 

Contact tracers started calling students from the floor on Sunday night, freshman Katie Hamann told The Bloomingtonian. Someone who lived in the LLC had tested positive for the coronavirus after being randomly selected for IU’s mitigation testing.

Hamann estimates that 31 of the 38 residents on the floor were exposed. They had two options after being identified as close contacts of the positive case: go home or quarantine at Ashton Residence Hall.  

The director of the INSPIRE LLC said in an email that she did not have access to the exact numbers of residents in quarantine because of IU policy and HIPAA restrictions. 

IU spokesperson Chuck Carney has not responded to The Bloomingtonian’s request for comment. 

This is a breaking news story and will be updated.

August 30, 2020 – Bloomington, Indiana USA: Tables and chairs seen through a window are cordoned off in a lobby inside Spruce Hall on the campus of Indiana University where some students are being quarantined after the first week of fall classes during the Coronavirus pandemic. (Photo by Jeremy Hogan/The Bloomingtonian)

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