Additional students from the University of Texas who chartered a plane to Cabo San Lucas for spring break against advice of public health officials have fallen ill.
A spokesperson for the City of Austin confirmed to FOX that at least 44 of the 70 students tested positive for coronavirus.
That's up significantly from the 28 students that were reported ill earlier this week.
“The incident is a reminder of the vital importance of taking seriously the warnings of public health authorities on the risks of becoming infected with COVID-19 and spreading it to others,” a University of Texas spokesperson said in a statement to local news station KXAN.
According to Austin Public Health, 70 young adults in their 20s chartered a plane to Cabo San Lucas, Mexico about a week and a half ago. Upon returning to the states, 28 tested positive for COVID-19.
“Austin Public Health and UT Health Austin and University Health Services have made contact with every spring breaker onboard the plane using flight manifests from the Center for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC),” Austin Public Health said in a statement.
“The 28 confirmed cases are self-isolating at this time. Others are under quarantine while being monitored and tested. The Department of State Health Services has been notified.”
Officials said four of the cases have not shown any symptoms.
The spring break trip took place prior to the city of Austin and Travis County issuing a stay-at-home order on March 24th.
The University asserted they are working with Public Health to make sure everyone who may have been exposed to the virus is contacted.
“The incident is a reminder of the vital importance of taking seriously the warnings of public health authorities on the risks of becoming infected with COVID-19 and spreading it to others,” UT spokesperson J.B. Bird said.
“Because almost all UT students have returned to their homes around Texas and the world, there may be cases where they are reporting to regional authorities but not to us.”
The news comes as many spring breakers received backlash for taking the pandemic lightly and continuing to party as other parts of the country went into lockdown.
In an attempt to curtail spread of the virus, one father didn't want to take any chances and went so far as to ban his son from entering the family home after the 21-year-old returned from spring break in Texas.
As of Tuesday, Texas has reported 3,403 positive cases of coronavirus, with at least 54 deaths, according to NBC News.