The Ingham County Health Department is now requiring 30 addresses in East Lansing, Michigan to quarantine from today until Sept. 28, according to an announcement. Most of the addresses on the list are associated with Michigan State University fraternities and sororities, they said.
According to the letter, Ingham County experienced a 52% increase in total case count since Aug. 24, with one third of Ingram County cases since the pandemic started being reported in the last three weeks. The majority of all new cases reported come from students at Michigan State University.
“Through case investigation, the Ingham County Health Department (ICHD) has identified congregate housing in the city of East Lansing as a risk factor,” said Linda Vail, a health officer for the Ingham County Health Department. “The health department has identified several fraternity and sorority houses, and several large rental houses with known cases or exposure to COVID-19.”
Those who are quarantined are only allowed to leave their property for medical care and other necessities, and are expected to avoid interaction with their roommates as much as possible.
Violation of the order could result in a misdemeanor charge that could be punishable with up to six months imprisonment, a $200 fine, or both.
CNN reported over the weekend that the county department was “strongly recommending” all local Michigan State University students “self-quarantine immediately to contain a COVID-19 outbreak.”