Lifestyle Health Oklahoma State University Sorority Under Quarantine After 23 Members Test Positive for COVID-19 The school has hired a third-party contractor to disinfect the house and oversee contract tracing efforts By Maria Pasquini Maria Pasquini Associate Editor, Human Interest - PEOPLE People Editorial Guidelines Published on August 17, 2020 02:45 PM Share Tweet Pin Email Oklahoma State University. Photo: Oklahoma State/Collegiate Images via Getty Oklahoma State University has announced that 23 sorority members from one house have tested positive for the novel coronavirus. Just days before the start of the fall semester on Monday, OSU shared that the entire house had been put under quarantine and members will not be allowed to leave the off-campus residence. One additional sorority member who tested positive but does not live at the house will also remain in isolation. “This was expected,” an OSU spokesperson told The Oklahoman in a statement. “When you bring back 20,000 students, there will invariably be more cases related to campus. We’ve prepared for this for five months and have protocols in place to manage the situation. Our priority is the safety and well-being of our campus community and transparency in communications.” The school has hired a third-party contractor to disinfect the house, which will also be cleaned following the conclusion of the two-week quarantine period. OSU and the Payne County Health Department are also conducting contract tracing. News of the positive cases at the sorority house were released following the conclusion of recruitment week at OSU, which was conducted virtually this year, the Oklahoman reported. Georgia County Closes Third School amid Coronavirus Outbreak as 500 Students Are Quarantined The new wave of cases doubled the amount of confirmed cases among OSU students. Mandatory COVID-19 tests conducted before students moved into their residence halls turned up 22 confirmed cases, according to CBS News. In an effort to prevent the spread of the virus, the school is also requiring students and staff to wear masks “upon entering any public building on campus,” according to their website. Face coverings must also be worn outdoors should social distancing not be possible. RELATED VIDEO: Teacher Makes Final Delivery After Preparing 7,500 Lunches for Students Greek life has also been tied to a number of cases throughout the country. At least 45 people living at the University of Southern California’s fraternity row tested positive for COVID-19 last month, which health officials have said might have been linked to a Fourth of July party, ABC News reported. Earlier this month, at least 154 students at the University of Washington tested positive in an outbreak on Greek Row. Within the past week, the University of North Carolina has reported four separate “clusters” of COVID-19 cases, one of which was linked to a fraternity. As information about the coronavirus pandemic rapidly changes, PEOPLE is committed to providing the most recent data in our coverage. Some of the information in this story may have changed after publication. For the latest on COVID-19, readers are encouraged to use online resources from CDC, WHO, and local public health departments. PEOPLE has partnered with GoFundMe to raise money for the COVID-19 Relief Fund, a GoFundMe.org fundraiser to support everything from frontline responders to families in need, as well as organizations helping communities. For more information or to donate, click here.