Mandatory 2-week quarantine ordered for 30 East Lansing properties, including 23 fraternities and sororities

The Ingham County Health Department is ordering 30 large houses in East Lansing, including 23 fraternity and sorority houses, to quarantine for the next two weeks due to exposure to coronavirus (COVID-19).

The health department said it identified the 30 large houses, the other seven are large rental houses, Monday, two weeks into the fall semester. See the full list of quarantined homes below.

The quarantine is mandated by Ingham County Health Officer Linda S. Vail and goes into place immediately for all 30 of the homes.

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Under the mandate, residents must remain in the home for the next two weeks unless they need medical care or necessities that can't be delivered. Non-residents are prohibited from visiting unless providing an essential service. 

"They do have a significant student population and a lot of parties and social gatherings," said Vail of Michigan State University. And the case numbers are off the charts right now. 

It's sitting at 199 cases per million people day in Ingham County. Seventy is considered high.   

"This 199.3 [cases per million people] - we lead the state by far. This is the highest number you see in the entire state of Michigan right now. And that number a little over a week ago was 20," Vail said.

And according to Vail, it's clear from the data what's causing the spike. 

"We find out information about parties and gatherings and where police and people have been," she said.

Michigan State isn't the only university with an outbreak according to the state. Ferris State, Michigan Tech, and two other colleges and universities are experiencing outbreaks. See the latest data from the state here.

Ingham County has experienced a 52 percent increase in total case count since August 24 and has shifted from a percent positivity rate of 2 percent to 5 percent. In comparison, the MSU community percent positivity has ranged from 11 percent to 15 percent since September 5. More than half of all new cases countywide reside in the city of East Lansing, and the majority of all new cases are MSU students.

If any resident violates the order, they could get 6 months in prison or a $200 fine. 

Sororities listed:

  • Chi Omega 
  • Alpha Chi Omega
  • Delta Gamma
  • Sigma Delta Tau
  • Sigma Kappa
  • Kappa Kappa Gamma
  • Alpha Phi
  • Zeta Tau Alpha
  • Gamma Phi Beta
  • Kappa Alpha Theta

Fraternities listed:

  • Theta Chi
  • Beta Theta Pi (both homes on Cedar St.)
  • Pi Kappa Alpha
  • Alpha Sigma Phi
  • Phi Delta Theta
  • Phi Gamma Delta
  • Delta Kappa Epsilon
  • Delta Sigma Phi
  • Psi Upsilon
  • Sigma Alpha Epsilon
  • Sigma Nu
  • Phi Kappa Psi

Rental Homes Listed:

  • 532 Abbott Road
  • 544 Abbott Road
  • 505 Albert Ave
  • 403 Ann St
  • 532 Ann St
  • 217 Burcham Dr.
  • 332 M.A.C. Ave