Florida College Students Contract COVID-19 After Spring Break Trip: School

March 22, 2020 Updated: March 23, 2020
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Five college students from the University of Tampa contracted the CCP virus after they returned from a spring break trip, according to the school.

“UT has been notified that five UT students, traveling together and with other UT students during Spring Break, have tested positive for COVID-19. We sincerely wish our students, and any others who may be affected, a full and rapid recovery,” the school wrote in a statement on March 21.

The Epoch Times refers to the novel coronavirus, which causes the disease COVID-19, as the CCP virus because the Chinese Communist Party’s coverup and mismanagement allowed the virus to spread throughout China and create a global pandemic.

It comes after several elected officials, including New York Gov. Andrew Cuomo and Florida Gov. Ron DeSantis, called on spring break revelers to leave the beaches and engage in social distancing behavior.

Miami Beach shut down its beaches in response to the pandemic after some spring breakers defied officials’ orders.

“We must all act as if we are infected and take every precautionary step to prevent transmitting this virus,” Miami-Dade County Mayor Carlos Gimenez told local news outlets.

Last week, one reveler’s response to the pandemic went viral on Twitter.

“If I get corona, I get corona,” spring breaker Brady Sluder told CBS News in response to questions about whether he believes it’s a good idea to party during the outbreak that has left thousands of people dead.

“At the end of the day, I’m not gonna let it stop me from partying,” he continued. “You know, I’ve been waiting, we’ve been waiting for Miami spring break for a while, about two months we’ve had this trip planned.”