By Arlett Ramirez
Assistant Web Content Manager
AUSTIN – A group of 70 students from the University of Texas at Austin traveled to Mexico for spring break and now 44 of those have tested positive for coronavirus.
The students, all in their 20s, chartered a plane from Austin to Cabo San Lucas two weeks ago. They went against the advice of White House officials who warned people to avoid large gatherings of people and nonessential air travel.
According to the Austin Public Health Department, some students took commercial flights home and the department is monitoring the other students from the chartered flight.
The students who have tested positive are in self-isolation and the Department of State Health Services has been alerted.
UT Health Austin, University Health Services and the local public health department have contacted all of the passengers on the plane using flight manifests from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. The University of Texas at Austin is working to help public health officials.
Mexico was not under a federal travel advisory when this happened. The United States announced plans Mar. 19 to suspend nonessential travel between the two countries because of the pandemic.