Universities Fuel COVID Outbreaks Across U.S.
Newly reopened college campuses across the country have become hot spots for coronavirus activity, forcing shutdowns and igniting tensions between school officials and their surrounding communities.
A new report from Johns Hopkins University shows at least 36 states have seen positive cases at colleges and universities. As the Associated Press reports, college-linked outbreaks have hit states like Iowa, Alabama, and North Carolina. The University of Alabama has recorded over 1,000 cases since the start of the semester.
Universities have been cracking down on parties and social gatherings to stem the tide. As CalSchoolNews noted last week, the University of California has warned students that they face punishment if they’re caught holding large social gatherings.
At the University of Illinois, mass testing is being employed to limit the virus' reach. It could end up being a model for other universities.