Here Are The Latest College Coronavirus Updates

A number of institutions of higher learning are already dealing with dangerous and disruptive coronavirus outbreaks shortly after reopening for in-person classes.

September 2:

The Lexington Health Department has reported 760 positive Covid-19 cases among students at the University of Kentucky. School officials say they are awaiting further data, including more testing of students and efforts to control the virus, before deciding how to proceed.

September 1:

Arizona State University confirmed it now has 803 known cases of Covid-19 among its students and staff. All positive cases are in isolation, according to the school.

All Colorado College classes “are moving to remote delivery for the remainder of Block 1 and most classes will be in remote delivery for the remainder of the Fall Semester,” the school announced Tuesday. 

Ten University of Central Florida football players, including two projected starters, have declined to opt out of the 2020 season because of concerns around the coronavirus pandemic, coach Josh Heupel said Tuesday

August 31:

On Monday, the University of Iowa reported 326 new Covid-19 infections over the previous three days. A total of 922 students have now reported testing positive for coronavirus.

August 30:

The University of Alabama has recorded more than 500 new Covid-19 infections this week. As of Sunday morning, the total number of reported cases is now up to 1,368 cases among faculty, staff and students since Aug. 19, the first day of on-campus classes.

The total number of positive Covid-19 cases among Illinois State University students, since fall semester began Aug. 17, has increased to 512 as of Saturday. In addition, nine faculty and staff have self-reported testing positive to Human Resources. 

August 26:

A New York Times survey published Wednesday of more than 1,500 American colleges and universities (including every four-year public institution and every private college that competes in NCAA sports), revealed at least 26,000 coronavirus cases of and 64 deaths since the pandemic began.

August 25:

As of Tuesday, six days after the start of classes, the University of Alabama‘s main campus in Tuscaloosa had recorded 531 total Covid-19 cases. University President Stuart R. Bell called on all students, faculty and staff to work together “at this critical moment.” 

Nearly 160 University of Missouri students tested positive for the coronavirus, the school announced earlier this week. The 159 students are in isolation and none have required hospitalization. 

USC has experienced “an alarming increase” in the number of COVID-19 cases in students among the campus community. The school announced Monday that over the previous seven days 43 cases had been identified and more than 100 students placed in a 14-day quarantine due to exposures.

August 24

On Sunday, Georgia Institute of Technology reported 51 new cases of the virus, bringing its total number of cases since March to 302. A fraternity at the school was placed under quarantine over the weekend after at least 17 more of its members tested positive for Covid-19. 

August 21:

After a spike in Covid-19 positivity rate among students, the University of Alabama announced a moratorium on in-person student events along with restrictions on fraternity and sorority houses. All events will be paused for 14 days.

August 20:

The University of Kansas confirmed 89 positive Covid-19 cases of the coronavirus from their initial mandatory testing results, Chancellor Douglas Girod said on Thursday. 

N.C. State announced Thursday that they will move undergraduate classes to online-only for the remainder of the fall semester after seeing a spike in coronavirus cases, as more than 500 students have been forced to quarantine themselves because of their exposure to the virus.

August 19

Drake University has sent home 14 students who disobeyed the school’s ban on parties. “If we are going to get through the fall semester, it will come down to our decisions and our actions,” said Dean of Students Jerry Parker. “I want to be crystal clear: we are serious and we will not hesitate to take the necessary actions to mitigate the potential spread of COVID-19.”

A total of 175 Iowa State University students have tested positive for Covid-19 during the move-in period. That accounts for a 2.2% positivity rate, according to the university.

A total of 38 individuals at Hope College have tested positive for the coronavirus, including several that have received a positive test since moving onto campus.

Michigan State University

MSU announced Tuesday evening that, effective immediately, undergraduate students who had planned to live in residence halls this fall are being asked to stay home and continue their education remotely. The school’s president, Samuel Stanley Jr., said that the…

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