With the 2020 Fall semester coming to an end and Thanksgiving break just around the corner, UTC is ensuring that students are safe through the increasing spread of Covid-19.
The Georgia Department of Public Health suggests students who recently traveled to stay home or quarantine for two weeks.
On-campus students are at a higher risk of contracting COVID-19, as results show the virus spreads easier on populated college campuses.
"With the revised guidance in mind, and to further protect our campus community, we will require all students to be tested for COVID-19 before returning to campus in January". More than 1,800 students responded to a UI survey asking about plans for break - half said they would stay in Iowa City, said Campus Health Officer Dan Fick at a Faculty Senate meeting on Tuesday.
COVID-19 cases at Temple University Hospital have surged to 78 patients as of November 10, which is about 2.5 times as many as they had during the summer, Bettiker said.
The coronavirus has an incubation period of up to 14 days, so a negative test, absent a two-week quarantine, is no guarantee that a person can safely see people outside of their household without spreading the illness.
The UI said the decisions students, faculty, and staff make during the break have the potential to impact not only their health, but the health of others around them. This leaves opportunity for the virus to spread without anyone knowing.
Since there are prizes given, more housing students are getting tested.
Students can also avoid gatherings during the holiday season by shopping online rather than in person and ordering takeout from restaurants instead of dining indoors, Johnson said. "If you don't have a choice about attending a gathering of people outside your household, you should wear a mask at all times during the gathering", she said.
Many of us will be adjusting our Thanksgiving plans this year. Hy-Vee and Walgreens also offer free testing. Although the university does not specify the number of the students on or off campus who have positive COVID-19 tests, it has gotten to the point where it doesn't really matter where a student lives since they interact with so many others before they even know they have tested positive.
Four sources are compiling information about colleges and COVID-19, including case-tracking maps: The New York Times, The Chronicle of Higher Education, Davidson College's College Crisis Initiative (C2i), and Inside Higher Education.
"Our contact tracing team reports several patterns contributing to transmission: having dinner with friends, not wearing a mask when talking to friends, people seeing family or friends from out of town, going on a weekend trip with a small group, and not being evaluated by a clinician when symptoms develop", Henderson wrote.
Vanessa Kawala, a UI first-year student from Des Moines, is one of many students still planning to celebrate the holidays with family.
This goes for the family they are visiting as well.
"I think that UTC has taken the proper precautions for those who are going home over thanksgiving break".
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