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25 Colleges That Reported Spikes in COVID Cases After Reopening

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Louisiana State University
> Location: Baton Rouge, Louisiana
> Confirmed COVID-19 cases among students: 754 as of Sept. 13
> Reopened for in-person classes on: Aug. 24
> COVID-19 cases in Baton Rouge metro area: 3,335 per 100,000 as of Sept. 13
> COVID-19 cases in Louisiana: 3,379 per 100,000 as of Sept. 13

LSU has reported a total of 754 positive cases of COVID-19 as of Sept. 13. The school’s head football coach Ed Orgeron estimated that “most” of his team had contracted the virus.

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University of Tennessee
> Location: Knoxville, Tennessee
> Confirmed COVID-19 cases among students: 768 as of Sept. 13
> Reopened for in-person classes on: Aug. 19
> COVID-19 cases in Knoxville metro area: 1,658 per 100,000 as of Sept. 13
> COVID-19 cases in Tennessee: 2,524 per 100,000 as of Sept. 13

More than 2,000 people at the Knoxville, Tennessee, school were in quarantine or self-isolation, according to Chancellor Donde Plowman on Sept. 8. Plowman said the university had received reports of fraternities flouting guidance on social distancing and renting spaces off campus for parties.

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University of Georgia
> Location: Athens, Georgia
> Confirmed COVID-19 cases among students: 798 as of Aug. 30
> Reopened for in-person classes on: Aug. 20
> COVID-19 cases in Athens-Clarke County metro area: 2,961 per 100,000 as of Sept. 13
> COVID-19 cases in Georgia: 2,798 per 100,000 as of Sept. 13

The University of Georgia on Sept. 15 suspended a fraternity on campus and launched an investigation into two other student groups over violations of social distancing and other university conduct rules.

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Arizona State University
> Location: Tempe, Arizona
> Confirmed COVID-19 cases among students: 803 as of Aug. 31
> Reopened for in-person classes on: Aug. 20
> COVID-19 cases in Phoenix-Mesa-Chandler metro area: 3,160 per 100,000 as of Sept. 13
> COVID-19 cases in Arizona: 2,907 per 100,000 as of Sept. 13

The university said on Aug. 31 that it had 803 known cases of COVID-19 among its students and staff. Almost 75,000 students attend ASU, whose main campus is in Tempe.

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Florida State University
> Location: Tallahassee, Florida
> Confirmed COVID-19 cases among students: 902 as of Sept. 11
> Reopened for in-person classes on: Aug. 24
> COVID-19 cases in Tallahassee metro area: 3,462 per 100,000 as of Sept. 13
> COVID-19 cases in Florida: 3,117 per 100,000 as of Sept. 13

In an attempt to slow the spread of the coronavirus, Florida State University launched a random testing program for asymptomatic students, faculty, and staff who are on campus during the fall semester. The program began on Sept. 14. FSU’s goal is to test at least 5%-10% of those on campus daily.

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