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25 Colleges That Reported Spikes in COVID Cases After Reopening

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University of North Carolina
> Location: Chapel Hill, North Carolina
> Confirmed COVID-19 cases among students: 953 as of Sept. 10
> Reopened for in-person classes on: Aug. 10
> COVID-19 cases in Durham-Chapel Hill metro area: 2,173 per 100,000 as of Sept. 13
> COVID-19 cases in North Carolina: 1,781 per 100,000 as of Sept. 13

The University of North Carolina shifted to remote learning on Aug. 17 following a surge of COVID-19 cases after the start of the fall semester on Aug. 10. The announcement was made one week after 5,800 students moved into dorms at the Chapel Hill campus.

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Iowa State University
> Location: Ames, Iowa
> Confirmed COVID-19 cases among students: 976 as of Sept. 14
> Reopened for in-person classes on: Aug. 17
> COVID-19 cases in Ames metro area: 2,857 per 100,000 as of Sept. 13
> COVID-19 cases in Iowa: 2,356 per 100,000 as of Sept. 13

Following a spike in COVID-19 cases, Iowa State University reversed its decision and did not allow spectators to attend its season-opening football game Sept. 12 against Louisiana-Lafayette. The university said attendance at future games this season depends on whether there is an uptick in COVID-19 cases.

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University of Kentucky
> Location: Lexington, Kentucky
> Confirmed COVID-19 cases among students: 983 as of Sept. 14
> Reopened for in-person classes on: Aug. 17
> COVID-19 cases in Lexington-Fayette metro area: 1,349 per 100,000 as of Sept. 13
> COVID-19 cases in Kentucky: 1,263 per 100,000 as of Sept. 13

Lexington Police have issued citations to students for throwing off-campus parties, a violation of the University of Kentucky’s safety guidelines. The school shut down training for its swimming and diving program due to a high number of COVID-19 cases.

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North Carolina State University
> Location: Raleigh, North Carolina
> Confirmed COVID-19 cases among students: 997 as of Sept. 10
> Reopened for in-person classes on: Aug. 10
> COVID-19 cases in Raleigh-Cary metro area: 1,656 per 100,000 as of Sept. 13
> COVID-19 cases in North Carolina: 1,781 per 100,000 as of Sept. 13

On Aug. 20, North Carolina State University moved to online classes and shuttered dorms following surges in COVID-19 cases at the Raleigh-based school. Clusters of outbreaks have occurred in residence halls, off-campus apartments, and fraternity and sorority houses.

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East Carolina University
> Location: Greenville, North Carolina
> Confirmed COVID-19 cases among students: 1,034 as of Sept. 10
> Reopened for in-person classes on: Aug. 10
> COVID-19 cases in Greenville metro area: 2,421 per 100,000 as of Sept. 13
> COVID-19 cases in North Carolina: 1,781 per 100,000 as of Sept. 13

Two weeks after the semester started on Aug. 10, the Greenville, North Carolina, school shifted to online instruction and asked students to move out of dorms.

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