Four Spring breakers from University of Tampa test positive for coronavirus




Clearwater Beach was busy last weekend despite the ongoing coronavirus outbreak.

Four spring breakers from the University of Tampa who traveled together on a trip have tested positive for the coronavirus, the school revealed Saturday.

Three of the four students returned to campus after their vacation — and while none of the students have been hospitalized, all are self-isolating, the university wrote in a message to the campus community.

It’s unclear where the students traveled to for spring break, which was from March 8 to March 15.

“The Florida Department of Health is following its protocol to identify, notify and quarantine any individuals that have had contact with these individuals,” the university said.

The University of Tampa last Monday switched to an online-class format for the remainder of the semester.

But campus residence halls will remain open for students who lack alternative housing options, the school said.

News that Florida college students were infected with the bug came after the state’s governor, Ron DeSantis, urged beachgoers to abide by the federal social distancing recommendations to help curb the spread of coronavirus.

DeSantis issued the directive after spring breakers were captured last Monday packing Clearwater Beach, despite guidance from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention to avoid gatherings of 10 or more people.

Clearwater Beach, and all other in Pinellas County, were subsequently closed last Friday.