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Raging Campus Outbreaks Send Students Home Across the U.S.

  • Policies to stem Covid-19 are no match for parties and fun
  • Experts say schools may be incubators, threatening communities
Students wearing protective masks wait in line for registration at the University of Colorado at Boulder.
Students wearing protective masks wait in line for registration at the University of Colorado at Boulder.Photographer: Mark Makela/Getty Images

The State University at Oneonta in central New York on Thursday said it’s sending students home amid rising Covid-19 rates. The same day, Temple University in Philadelphia called it quits. So did Colorado College earlier in the week.

At the University of Alabama, 1,200 of 38,500 students are infected, and the University of South Carolina’s positive test rate topped 27%. Even the University of Illinois, one of the pioneers in saliva testing for students, had to beg them to stop partying and increased patrols after finding more than 700 positive cases since classes began.