World Socialist Web Site wsws.org 06 Apr, 2021 03:45 am

COVID-19 outbreaks skyrocket at US colleges and universities as new variants emerge on campuses

COVID-19 outbreaks skyrocket at US colleges and universities as new variants emerge on campuses
To further exacerbate the situation, in addition to numerous spikes in coronavirus cases, colleges are now reporting the incidence of new COVID-19 variants on campuses.

Since the start of this year, it is estimated that more than 120,000 cases are linked to colleges and universities and 530,000 since the start of the pandemic.In Florida, where Governor Ron DeSantis issued an order to nullify all public health measures imposed by local governments, cases have skyrocketed with a total of 2,077,032 infections since the start of the pandemic and 6,017 cases on April 2.The University of Florida in Gainesville has observed the highest case number for 2021, with 2,138 confirmed cases between January and March and a total of 8,894 since the start of the pandemic.The second highest case count at a university is Arizona State University ,which had 1,822 cases for 2021 and 6,327 since the start of the pandemic.

Compared to other states, Texas had the second highest case number of cases, at 2,401,898, and third highest number of deaths, 47,725, since the start of the pandemic.The university has seen 3,896 cases among faculty, staff and students since the start of the pandemic.

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