According to an Oct. 7 report from a Colorado State University spokesperson to the Coloradoan, 60 CSU students are quarantining at the University Inn and 21 others are quarantining on campus after either testing positive for COVID-19 or have been in close contact with somebody who did.

CSU first started moving students to the off-campus motel, just across the street from the university's main campus, earlier in the fall semester when allotted quarantine space on campus began to fill up.

The Coloradoan reported that CSU President Joyce McConnell told the Larimer County commissioners Tuesday (Oct. 6) that the university had signed a contract to use the University Inn as an overflow location for isolating and quarantining students. The motel is currently closed to the public.

The university required all students living in residence halls to be tested during the move-in process back in August, and has also ordered students to participate in additional mandatory testing which began Sept. 8. Aside from those living in residence halls, students who are living in off-campus apartment complexes have also been tested through wastewater sampling that could potentially identify anyone in the sampling group as a possible source of COVID-19 outbreaks.

Colorado State University has reported 468 cases among students, faculty and staff since May 2020.

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