Pi Beta Phi Chapter at University of California, Berkeley Responds to Positive COVID-19 Tests

A number of collegiate members of Pi Beta Phi Fraternity for Women’s California Beta Chapter at University of California, Berkeley have tested positive for COVID-19; others have been tested and are awaiting test results.

Following health official and Fraternity guidelines, members living in the facility are under quarantine. Until further notice, the facility is closed to guests, including members living outside of the facility. Some members had opted to return to their permanent residences to quarantine; approximately 30 members have remained at the facility.

On Tuesday, January 26, a member reported testing positive for the virus, signaling a need for others to be quarantined and 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 University of California, Berkeley were opened for 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 promotes friendship, develops women of intellect and integrity, cultivates leadership potential and enriches the lives of members and their communities. Pi Beta Phi has more than 300,000 initiated members, and has installed more than 200 collegiate chapters and nearly 300 alumnae clubs worldwide. 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 or follow Pi Phi on Twitter and Facebook.


Published: February 1, 2021

For information please contact: 
Shawn Eagleburger 
Senior Director of Strategic Initiatives