Michelle Ma, a spokeswoman for the university, told CBS News that more than 800 students have been tested in response to the uptick in cases. Updated results are expected to be announced next week.
"Within 24 hours, we set up a site nearby the Greek houses and apartments for students to come and be tested," Lisa Brandenburg, president of UW Medicine Hospitals and Clinics, told the Seattle Patch. "Within the first day, we tested 430 students."
The Interfraternity Council, the student-led board which governs the UW fraternities, is no longer allowing fraternity houses to hold social events at this time.
These outbreaks of cases point to how difficult it will be to contain the spread of coronavirus at colleges this fall.
"The outbreak at UW is very concerning, and it does make us concerned about what might happen this fall," Dr. Jeff Duchin, public health officer for King County told Patch. "When you don't take precautions, you get a lot of COVID in return."
The tally of coronavirus cases is continuing to rise in the United States leading into the Fourth of July weekend.
Based on data compiled by Johns Hopkins University, the U.S. had more than 52,000 new confirmed infections on Thursday, a new daily high, according to CNN. The spike in cases topped Wednesday's daily record of 51,174.
The outlet also reported that numbers are rising in 36 states across the country, including California, Texas, Arizona, Florida, and North Carolina. As of Friday, there have been more than 2,758,800 cases of COVID-19 and at least 128,800 deaths in the U.S., according to data compiled by The New York Times.
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