Several universities are detecting cases of coronavirus as students are returning to college campuses across the US. As of Tuesday, 147 students have tested positive for coronavirus infection at the University of Notre Dame in Indiana. On Sunday alone, 15 of the 30 tests were positive, the highest number of positive cases in a single day. It was announced Tuesday that all undergraduate classes will be remote for the next two weeks. Public spaces will be closed, residence halls will be restricted and students who live off-campus should remain in their homes. Notre Dame began testing students before they arrived on campus.
A similar situation has the University of Kentucky. Since school began on August 3, 160 people have tested positive. “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,” said the university’s director of executive communication, Sarah Geegan. East Carolina University in Greenville, North Carolina, reported 29 positive Covid-19 cases last week, a 7.8% positivity rate. Western Kentucky University in Bowling Green reported 19 positive cases of Covid-19 among students and staff between August 7 and 13. The University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, one of the largest in the country, also shifted to remote learning. “The fact that it is happening this early in the school year, just a week into classes, has everyone quite concerned and quite alarmed, quite frankly,” said professor Mimi V. Chapman. Some universities administrations are blamed for ignoring health department’s recommendation.