COVID-19 outbreak at UW’s Greek row sickens at least 104 students

“Case counts have increased rapidly over the last several days,” UW officials wrote in a letter addressed to fraternity and sorority members on its website.

SEATTLE — A “significant outbreak” of COVID-19 has spread across multiple fraternity and sorority houses at the University of Washington (UW) Greek community in Seattle, according to UW officials. 

As of late Thursday, 104 positive COVID-19 cases have been confirmed among nine fraternity and sorority organizations, UW officials said. Dr. Jeff Duchin, Health Officer for Public Health – Seattle & King County, said more cases are likely to be reported.

“Case counts have increased rapidly over the last several days,” wrote UW officials in a letter addressed to the Greek community on its website. In addition to the Greek houses, cases are also associated with “live-outs” and individual members.

Students in the Greek community who have tested positive are being instructed to isolate in their

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104 students test positive for coronavirus on UW’s Greek Row

The Greek community at the University of Washington Seattle campus is undergoing another wave of Covid-19 as 104 students test positive for the virus among nine fraternities and sororities.

This comes after the university reopened for the fall quarter on September 30 in a hybrid approach, with 90% of classes being online, and a limited few clinical and lab based courses being taught in person.

It also comes after recruitment for sorority and fraternities took place mid-September according to the events calendars from the fraternities and sororities. But both the Panhellenic Association and Interfraternity Council said they used only virtual recruiting methods due to the ongoing pandemic.

Prof. Geoffrey Gottlieb, who sits on the university’s advisory committee for communicable diseases, says closing down Greek housing isn’t really an option — the university doesn’t have jurisdiction and the City of Seattle currently has an eviction moratorium in place, meaning that people

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Health Benefits of Greek Food Starting With a Greek Salad

When coming up with a good Greek salad, certain ingredients are a staple of this dish. These would include sliced cucumber, green bell peppers, pieces of tomato, red onion, sliced or cubed feta cheese and Kalamata olives. It would be seasoned with salt and dried oregano, and the dressing would be olive oil. This is the authentic Greek salad, and as with any native regional dish would include only those ingredients locally grown or produced.

But as Greek restaurants and therefore Greek cuisine have taken on a world-wide flavor, variations have developed from the authentic Greek salad. In North America, the United Kingdom and Australia lettuce will be the base ingredient with Greek-inspired vegetables plus of course feta cheese as the standard. Added items could be radishes, anchovies or sardines may be added, and the salad may be topped with prepared dressings with various seasonings and herbs instead of the … Read More