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Opening Campuses During Pandemic Sent Virus Cases Soaring in Communities, CDC Reports

January 8, 2021

Via: Ed Surge

What is the health cost of opening college campuses during a pandemic, for students and the broader community? New data from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention finally offers an answer to the question that has plagued higher ed leaders for the last 10 months.

Cases of COVID-19 increased 56 percent in U.S. counties with large colleges that hosted classes in person early this fall, according to new analyses from the CDC, published Jan. 8. By contrast, counties with large colleges that held classes remotely saw a nearly 18 percent drop in cases.

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