The 10 biggest coronavirus outbreaks on college campuses across the US since the fall semester began

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Coronavirus outbreaks are cropping up on college campuses across the US as students arrive for the fall semester.

Many schools have switched to virtual learning plans, with some requesting that students don’t come to campus at all. But for other college communities, it’s too late.

Dr. Anthony Fauci, director of the National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases, has warned colleges not to send students home if they’re already experiencing a campus outbreak. Most of the schools on this list remain open with some in-person classes. 

Business Insider took a closer look at the timelines of 10 of the largest campus coronavirus outbreaks since the fall semester began.

1. University of Georgia

The University of Georgia has tallied 2,588 positive COVID-19 test results since reopening August 10, according to data from the school’s self-reporting tool, DawgCheck. More than half of those results — 1,417 new positives — were reported during the first week of September.

Of that week’s test results, only 15 came from university employees and the rest came from UGA students. Members of sororities and fraternities have come under fire for posting maskless photos and hosting events despite the rapid spread of the coronavirus on campus, according to student newspaper The Red & Black.

Despite the rising case counts and pushback from faculty, the university continues to hold mostly in-person classes, which began August 20.

Including cases counted between March and August, UGA has seen 3,045 total positive test results throughout the coronavirus pandemic. The university’s testing data for the week of September 7 was still pending at the time of publication, so the total case count to date is likely higher.

2. University of Alabama

Many of the campus outbreaks so far have taken place in the South, with another large one occurring at the University of Alabama in Tuscaloosa. The school has reported 2,378 positive COVID-19 tests among students, faculty, and staff since hybrid classes started on August 19.

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After the case count increased by more than 500 during the first week of class and students were caught bar-hopping on social media, the university coordinated with the city of Tuscaloosa to close local bars for two weeks. The bars reopened at half capacity on Tuesday.

The week of August 28 saw an even greater spike, with 846 new student positives, but university officials have boasted a decline in positive test results since then. The most recent week of data available, September 4-10, included 294 student positives.

3. Ohio State University

Ohio State University has reported 2,286 positive COVID-19 tests on campus, including 2,253 student positives since August 14 and 33 employee positives since August 1.

The university has taken a firm stance on student partying, temporarily suspending 228 students who broke social gathering guidelines before classes even started. Fall semester classes began August 25, with some classes of less than 50 students taking place in person and others meeting online.

Like many other colleges, OSU had their highest weekly positive total to date during the first week of September — …read more

Source:: Business Insider – Science

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