Pi Beta Phi Chapter at The Ohio State University Responds to Positive COVID-19 Tests

A number of collegiate members of Pi Beta Phi Fraternity for Women’s Ohio Beta Chapter at The Ohio State University have tested positive for COVID-19; others opted to be tested out of an abundance of caution are awaiting test results.

Following health official and Fraternity guidelines, members living in the facility are under quarantine. The facility is closed to guests, including members living outside of the facility, until further notice. Pi Beta Phi facility residents with a negative COVID-19 test result have been moved into alternative housing. Some members have opted to return to their permanent residences.

On August 25, two members reported positive tests, signaling a need for others to be tested. At this point, no members have been hospitalized. Those ill are reporting minor effects.

Across North America, Pi Beta Phi Fraternity is emulating university response to COVID-19 on campuses where the Fraternity has chapters as related to opening and operating chapter facilities. Given residence halls at The Ohio State University were opened for fall semester residents, so was the Pi Beta Phi facility. The Fraternity has issued a guide, informed by the Centers for Disease Control and other health official recommendations, for Pi Beta Phi facilities which have opened. All members have been encouraged to consider the potential risks of communal living and are expected to take full precautions to prevent the spread of COVID-19.

Founded in 1867 at Monmouth College in Illinois, Pi Beta Phi has installed 204 collegiate chapters and nearly 300 alumnae organizations worldwide. Pi Beta Phi promotes friendship, develops women of intellect and integrity, cultivates leadership potential and enriches the lives of members and their communities. The Fraternity believes in the power of reading and through its philanthropy, Read > Lead > Achieve®, promotes a lifelong love of reading that can unlock true potential. For more information, visit pibetaphi.org.


Published: August 29, 2020

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Shawn Eagleburger 
Senior Director of Strategic Initiatives