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University of Washington coronavirus outbreak reaches 242 positive cases

Between Oct. 6 and 13, there were 63 new coronavirus cases connected to an outbreak on UW's Greek Row.

SEATTLE — A COVID-19 outbreak involving students at the University of Washington's fraternities and sororities continues to grow with 242 positive cases as of Tuesday afternoon.

The cases were spread among 17 sororities and fraternities in the 45-chapter system, which is north of the university campus in Seattle, according to the university.

The numbers are up from 179 cases as of Tuesday last week, and 227 cases on Friday.

Students who have tested positive or have COVID-like symptoms are being told to isolate themselves, according to the university.

The university has given over 2,600 coronavirus tests in the last seven days, with a positivity rate of 1.6%.

At a press conference last week, Gov. Jay Inslee expressed frustration about the behavior on Greek Row “that is exposing all of us to great risk.”

As of Tuesday, a total of 619 UW students, faculty and staff have tested positive for COVID-19 since February, according to the university coronavirus case tracker.

Correction: A previous version of this story misstated that there were 619 cases connected to the outbreak at the University of Washington.