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The University of North Carolina and University of Notre Dame moved their classes to online learning for the fall semester after COVID-19 outbreaks on campus.
Michigan State University also moved to remote learning this week, citing concerns over outbreaks at other schools.
A number of schools that have had outbreaks are remaining open, though they’re having students quarantine and isolate in hopes of preventing the spread of the novel coronavirus.
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Colleges across the country are suspending in-person classes because of COVID-19 outbreaks weeks after opening their doors to students.
As the novel coronavirus pandemic spread across the US through spring and summer, several universities spent months contemplating if they should open to students in the fall.
And after many schools opted for in-person learning, some schools haven’t had success: The University of North Carolina and University of Notre Dame have canceled in-person classes because of COVID-19 outbreaks, while several other schools are quarantining students because of the virus.
Michigan State University, meanwhile, opted to go online on Tuesday, just two weeks before classes were expected to start.
Insider has compiled a list of schools who have suspended classes or quarantined students because of COVID-19. You’ll find information on all of them below.
University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill is going remote for the fall semester
UNC announced on Monday that it was suspending in-person classes after the school’s COVID-19 positivity rate jumped from 2.8% to 13.6% in just one week.
According to the school’s COVID-19 dashboard, 130 people on campus tested positive for the virus between August 10 and August 16 — up from 10 the week prior.
In the school’s announcement about remote learning, officials said 177 people were in isolation because of the virus, and another 349 were in quarantine.
“There are no easy answers as the nation navigates through the pandemic. At this point, we haven’t received any information that would lead to similar modifications at any of our other universities,” university president Peter Hans said in the statement. “Whether at Chapel Hill or another institution, students must continue to wear facial coverings and maintain social distancing, as their personal responsibility, particularly in off-campus settings, is critical to the success of this semester and to protect public health.”
University of Notre Dame is suspending classes for two weeksUniversity of Notre Dame.
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University of Notre Dame suspended in-person classes for two weeks on Tuesday, just eight days into the semester, after 146 students tested positive for COVID-19.
“This virus is formidable, and the health and safety of you, our faculty and staff, and the local community remains our top priority. These are difficult times, so please be attentive to both your physical and emotional well-being,” the school’s Vice President for student affairs, Erin Hoffmann Harding, said in a statement. “Notre Dame’s desire to offer an on-campus experience stands at great risk, yet we are here to support one another. Preventing further spread requires urgent action from each of us.”
Michigan State University shifted to remote learning just two weeks before classes were supposed to start
Michigan State President Samuel Stanley announced all in-person classes were canceled for the fall semester on Tuesday.
A sign for Michigan State University is seen near the campus in East Lansing.
The school hadn’t yet opened its dorms to students, but Stanley said the school decided to go remote after seeing outbreaks on other campuses.
“It has become evident to me that, despite our best efforts and strong planning, it is unlikely we can prevent widespread transmission of COVID-19 between students if our undergraduates return to campus,” he said.
East Carolina University had to isolate more than a dozen students after a dorm outbreak
East Carolina University moved at least 17 students into isolation off-campus after they an outbreak at one of the school’s dorms on Monday.
The students live in Gateway Residence Hall, according to WITN.
East Carolina is continuing classes despite the outbreak, while urging students to social distance, wear masks, and avoid crowds.
“We are working closely with local health department officials to ensure notifications are made quickly to those who may have come in contact with those who tested positive for COVID-19 so they can be directed as to their next steps,” the school said in a statement.
An entire sorority house at Oklahoma State University is under quarantine and isolation after 23 members tested positive for COVID-19Oklahoma State University.
OSU has quarantined an entire off-campus sorority house after 23 members of Pi Beta Phi tested positive for COVID-19.
The school is currently conducting contact tracing to ensure no other students have the virus.
“This was expected,” Monica Roberts, OSU director of media relations, told USA Today. “When you bring back 20,000 students, there will invariably be more cases related to campus. We’ve prepared for this for five months and have protocols in place to manage the situation. Our priority is the safety and well-being of our campus community and transparency in communications.”
Colorado College has quarantined 155 students in one of its dorms
Colorado College quarantined 155 students inside the Loomis Hall dorm after one student tested positive for COVID-19.
The school is continuing in-person classes, but only for first-year students to start the year. Second, third, and fourth-year students will be allowed back on campus later in the fall.
University of Kentucky has at least 189 people in quarantine
At least 189 people have tested positive for COVID-19 at the University of Kentucky since classes began on August 3.
Sarah Geegan, the university’s director of executive communication, told CNN that parties have led to a rise in cases.
University of Kentucky.
Parties are against current student code at the school, but Kentucky officials are aware of at least 21 party-related citations since August 8, Geegan said.
“We are working closely with the city to enforce the Code of Student Conduct, sharing information daily and meeting weekly to discuss issues of concern,” she told CNN.
The school is still conducting in-person learning with increased precautions.
Iowa State University has 175 students in isolation
Iowa State officials told CNN that 2.2% of students, or 175, tested for COVID-19 received positive results.
Student health center director Erin Baldwin told CNN that the school has a strict isolation policy for people who have tested positive for COVID-19.
“Students who tested positive are required to isolate for 10 days. About half of the students are isolating in isolation rooms provided by the department of residence,” she said in a statement. “Quarantine rooms are also available for students notified through contact tracing that they were exposed to a positive case.”
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