More spring breakers who visited now-closed beaches test positive for COVID-19

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GULF SHORES, Ala. (WKRG) — The University of Wisconsin-Madison confirms that a group of spring breakers who visited Gulf Shores has tested positive for COVID-19.

Marc Levicott with University of Wisconsin-Madison campus police tells WKRG that the students started their spring break in Nashville, Tennessee on March 13, then moved their trip down to Gulf Shores on March 16.

When they returned home, multiple students developed symptoms and tested positive for COVID-19.

Most of the students were members of fraternities and sororities. Now the university is asking all students who traveled for Spring Break to self-quarantine for 14 days.

The beaches in Alabama are now closed.

Last week, five University of Tampa students were recovering after testing positive for COVID-19 during spring break, the school said.

The university said the students were traveling together and with other University of Tampa students during spring break before testing positive.

The college didn’t say where they went during their break or if they lived on or off campus.

The university did send well wishes to the infected students.

“We sincerely wish our students, and any others who may be affected, a full and rapid recovery,” UT posted on Twitter Saturday night.

The university switched to online classes only on March 17. The beaches in Florida were later closed, but the governor was criticized for not closing them sooner.

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