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25 Colleges That Reported Spikes in COVID Cases After Reopening

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University of Iowa
> Location: Iowa City, Iowa
> Confirmed COVID-19 cases among students: 1,804 as of Sept. 11
> Reopened for in-person classes on: Aug. 24
> COVID-19 cases in Iowa City metro area: 3,064 per 100,000 as of Sept. 13
> COVID-19 cases in Iowa: 2,356 per 100,000 as of Sept. 13

Because of the COVID-19 pandemic, the University of Iowa announced it will cancel its 2021 spring break, as its spring semester will begin on Jan. 25, a week later than it was initially supposed to.

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University of South Carolina
> Location: Columbia, South Carolina
> Confirmed COVID-19 cases among students: 2,074 as of Sept. 10
> Reopened for in-person classes on: Aug. 20
> COVID-19 cases in Columbia metro area: 2,890 per 100,000 as of Sept. 13
> COVID-19 cases in South Carolina: 2,594 per 100,000 as of Sept. 13

Bob Caslen, president of the University of South Carolina, has ordered the development of a plan to shut down the campus after the number of total cases of COVID-19 doubled in a day, to 380, on Aug. 28. By now, the university reported over 2,000 cases.

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University of Alabama
> Location: Tuscaloosa, Alabama
> Confirmed COVID-19 cases among students: 2,184 as of Sept. 10
> Reopened for in-person classes on: Aug. 19
> COVID-19 cases in Tuscaloosa metro area: 2,790 per 100,000 as of Sept. 13
> COVID-19 cases in Alabama: 2,839 per 100,000 as of Sept. 13

The University of Alabama reported over 2,100 cases of COVID-19 among its student population in the last month, including 481 from Aug. 25-27 and 846 from Aug. 28-Sept. 3.

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Ohio State University
> Location: Columbus, Ohio
> Confirmed COVID-19 cases among students: 2,209 as of Sept. 11
> Reopened for in-person classes on: Aug. 25
> COVID-19 cases in Columbus metro area: 1,689 per 100,000 as of Sept. 13
> COVID-19 cases in Ohio: 1,175 per 100,000 as of Sept. 13

Ohio State University canceled its 2021 spring break over travel concerns related to the coronavirus. Though the football season was postponed in August, Ohio State and the rest of the Big Ten Conference will begin the football season Oct. 24.

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Texas A&M University
> Location: College Station, Texas
> Confirmed COVID-19 cases among students: 2,846 as of Sept. 11
> Reopened for in-person classes on: Aug. 19
> COVID-19 cases in College Station-Bryan metro area: 2,456 per 100,000 as of Sept. 13
> COVID-19 cases in Texas: 2,298 per 100,000 as of Sept. 13

At least three different student organizations — two sororities and a Corps of Cadets squadron — at Texas A&M have been identified as COVID-19 clusters. As of Sept. 12, more than 10% of COVID-19 tests processed by Texas A&M University Student Health Services came back positive.

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