51 more students test positive for COVID at Georgia Tech

About three dozen students held a "die-in" demonstration on Monday, Aug. 17, 2020 on Georgia Tech's campus to protest its plans for in-person learning for the fall semester. The protesters say the school should conduct online learning until there's a significant reduction in COVID-19 cases in Georgia. ERIC STIRGUS/ERIC.STIRGUS@AJC.COM.
About three dozen students held a "die-in" demonstration on Monday, Aug. 17, 2020 on Georgia Tech's campus to protest its plans for in-person learning for the fall semester. The protesters say the school should conduct online learning until there's a significant reduction in COVID-19 cases in Georgia. ERIC STIRGUS/ERIC.STIRGUS@AJC.COM.

Georgia Tech reported on its website Sunday 51 students have tested positive, its highest single-day total since it began tracking COVID-19 cases in April.

More than 300 students and employees have tested positive for COVID-19 since April. Georgia Tech officials noted that many of those who tested positive weren’t on campus when diagnosed. The total does not reflect the severity of the cases.

On Saturday, Georgia Tech said 33 positive tests were reported with 17 of those living at a Greek life organization house.

“In addition to the cluster of Greek housing residents who live in the same Greek residence near campus reported via a campus communication yesterday, 17 more members of the organization tested positive today,” according to Saturday’s statement.

“All residents of the house have been tested and Georgia Tech is turning the house into an isolation location; residents who have not tested positive will relocate elsewhere to quarantine until they can return safely to normal activities; all affected individuals are being notified as consistent with Georgia Department of Public Health; if you have had recent contact with any residents of Greek housing, please get tested at one of the free Georgia Tech testing sites.”

Officials with Sigma Phi Epsilon said Saturday that the outbreak was at their residence, Channel 2 Action News reported.

The campus has now reported 251 positive cases among students and staff since the pandemic started several months ago.

Classes for this fall began Monday. A mix of in-person and online classes is being offered as the school year gets underway during the pandemic.