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4 new coronavirus clusters announced in App State dorms

By Sophia Lyons

App State announced 4 new COVID-19 clusters, all related to dorms, in an email to faculty, staff and students Thursday morning.

Nine total cases surfaced in the residence hall formerly known as Hoey. Six students are recovering in active isolation, and three are past the isolation stage.

In the cluster related to Gardner Residence Hall, the cluster has six cases total. Three cases are recovering in active isolation, and three have passed the isolation stage.

The cluster associated with Frank Residence Hall has two cases in active isolation and five past the isolation stage, for seven cases total.

Of the five cases associated with the Coltrane Residence Hall cluster, four are recovering in active isolation and one case is past the isolation stage.

According to The Appalachian, there are 214 active coronavirus cases in students; The university email says 57 of those cases are students living on campus.

These four clusters aren't the only ones associated with residence halls. Thunder Hill Residence Hall had the first cluster announcement Sept. 17. Raven Rocks Residence Hall had the second cluster, announced Sept. 26. Clusters in White, Eggers and Summit residence halls and the Living Learning Center were all announced Oct. 1.

Other active clusters related to the university are associated with sororities, fraternities, the volleyball team and the football team.

App State hosts pop-up testing events every Monday, Wednesday and Saturday in the Rivers Street Parking Deck from noon to 5 p.m. for faculty, staff and students. Appointments aren't required, but those getting tested must show their AppCards.

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