Is the Illini Union Hotel still reserved for quarantine spaces?
Not anymore, at least not now, confirmed Robin Kaler of the University of Illinois.
A few weeks before the start of the fall semester, the UI canceled reservations at the Illini Union hotel until September 15, in order to use dozens of its rooms for students in quarantine after exposure to the coronavirus. A total of 26 students ended up using the hotel for quarantine this semester, Kaler said.
The only other campus locations for quarantine and segregation are in student dorms across campus.
According to UI system data as of September 25, there are 75 isolation spaces and 42 student quarantine points on campus.
COVID-19 cases have declined on campus over the past two weeks. After the campus detected 421 cases of COVID-19 in the first two weeks of class, the next two weeks brought 81 new cases to campus. Despite this, Becki Salzman, manager of the Illini Union hotel, did not rule out that the hotel could again provide quarantine spaces.
“The Illini Union Hotel is committed to serving the campus and our student body throughout the duration of the pandemic,” said Salzman. “We have not set a date when we will no longer provide this support.”