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25 Colleges That Reported Spikes in COVID Cases After Reopening

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Georgia College
> Location: Milledgeville, Georgia
> Confirmed COVID-19 cases among students: 649 as of Sept. 13
> Reopened for in-person classes on: Aug. 12
> COVID-19 cases in Baldwin County: 4,222 per 100,000 as of Sept. 13
> COVID-19 cases in Georgia: 2,798 per 100,000 as of Sept. 13

Students and staff members at the Milledgeville-based school held a “die-in” demonstration at the campus on Aug. 28 to emphasize the risk of in-person teaching as COVID-19 numbers rose at the liberal arts college. The teachers union demanded online learning options, hazard pay, more testing, and job security.

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University of Kansas
> Location: Lawrence, Kansas
> Confirmed COVID-19 cases among students: 686 as of Sept. 6
> Reopened for in-person classes on: Aug. 24
> COVID-19 cases in Lawrence metro area: 1,389 per 100,000 as of Sept. 13
> COVID-19 cases in Kansas: 1,662 per 100,000 as of Sept. 13

A University of Kansas professor tweeted a video on Sept. 12 that showed a house party with students in Lawrence, Kansas, with few people social distancing or wearing masks.

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University of Arkansas
> Location: Fayetteville, Arkansas
> Confirmed COVID-19 cases among students: 712 as of Sept. 11
> Reopened for in-person classes on: Aug. 24
> COVID-19 cases in Fayetteville-Springdale-Rogers metro area: 2,780 per 100,000 as of Sept. 13
> COVID-19 cases in Arkansas: 2,313 per 100,000 as of Sept. 13

The university announced on Sept. 4 that it was canceling on-campus events from Sept. 5-18 because of a surge in COVID-19 cases.

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State University of New York-Oneonta
> Location: Oneonta, New York
> Confirmed COVID-19 cases among students: 723 as of Sept. 13
> Reopened for in-person classes on: Aug. 24
> COVID-19 cases in Otsego County: 521 per 100,000 as of Sept. 13
> COVID-19 cases in New York: 2,274 per 100,000 as of Sept. 13

On Sept. 3, officials at The State University of New York at Oneonta said they were canceling in-person classes for the fall semester and sending students home because of a COVID-19 outbreak. In late August, less than a week after the start of classes, the school suspended five students who, according to officials, had organized parties that might have led to a spike in COVID-19 cases on campus.

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James Madison University
> Location: Harrisonburg, Virginia
> Confirmed COVID-19 cases among students: 739 as of Sept. 11
> Reopened for in-person classes on: Aug. 26
> COVID-19 cases in Harrisonburg metro area: 2,567 per 100,000 as of Sept. 13
> COVID-19 cases in Virginia: 1,571 per 100,000 as of Sept. 13

James Madison University in Harrisonburg, Virginia, has begun 146 disciplinary cases against students alleged to have violated the COVID-19 student agreement all students were required to sign before classes began.

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