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UO ‘disappointed’ after large party amid rising COVID cases

EUGENE, Ore. (AP) — The University of Oregon says it's “disappointed” to learn about large parties during the Ducks spring game as the region weathers a spike in cases of COVID-19 and businesses endure new restrictions.

Lane County, where the university is located, moved back to “extreme risk” on Friday.

Capacity at a spring game for the Ducks football team at Autzen Stadium had been set at 15%, but the new restrictions meant no spectators or tailgaters were allowed. Instead, students packed into parties at private homes.

Photos of several large parties Saturday circulated on social media, showing mask-less students standing shoulder-to-shoulder.

The University of Oregon issued a statement late Sunday condemning the behavior but said there was little it could do about parties at private houses off-campus.

“The university has worked very hard to educate students about the serious COVID-19 health risks of gathering in groups without masks,” the statement said. “This behavior is not representative of the majority of UO students, who we have seen work diligently to follow health guidelines.”

Some residents called the Eugene Police Department and officers assisted the university in dispersing the partygoers. Callers reported loud music and students urinating in the front yard of one home where one student witness snapped a photo that circulated widely on social media, The Register Guard reported.

One woman fell off the roof and was taken to the hospital by ambulance.

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  1. I guess these intelligent college students are not falling for the propaganda. They are smart enough to read about states that are wide open and not having issues. Remember how spring break in Florida was going to be a super spreader event? It didn’t happen and those in this photo know that. You can only lie so long to an intelligent population without some blowback.

    1. im not sure why UO is soooo disappointed. its a herd immunity booster event, duh. wait, they called folks that spoke of herd immunity like they were voodoo witch doctors or something in the beginning. what a difference a year makes right? now its all like, everyone go get your vaccine so we can get to herd immunity! these college kids are doing one better. they are building anti bodies. an amazing piece of hardware this human body is… and the only shot they need to get after these parties is penicillin.

  2. This has been going on all year; that party was nothing out of the ordinary, other than its size. The UO has been totally irresponsible about the Covid. Just ask any student who lives on campus; they have done little or nothing to control the virus and totally disrespected the community in the process.

  3. Compare deaths from covid to all other for college age people. If you are old and sick, take precaustions. The rest of us, ignore the tyrants taking your freedom.

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