In College Towns Covid-19 Cases Surge, But Symptoms and Deaths Have Not (Yet) Appeared

Cases

Chart 1: Penn State University is in Centre County, PA. Students began arriving back on campus on August 17th, a week before new cases surged.

Source: Covid Act Now — http://covidactnow.org/us/pa/county/centre_county?s=1006211

Chart 2: Cornell University and Ithaca College are in Tompkins County, NY. Cornell residence halls re-opened on August 23rd, when infection rate spiked.

Source: Covid Act Now — https://covidactnow.org/us/ny/county/tompkins_county?s=1006211

Chart 3: Texas A&M University is in Brazos County, TX and started classes on August 19th. You guessed it: that’s when infection rate surged.

Source: Covid Act Now — https://covidactnow.org/us/tx/county/brazos_county?s=1006211

Chart 4: The Ohio State University is in Franklin County, OH and started Fall classes in late August. Infection rate is trending up.

Source: Covid Act Now — https://covidactnow.org/us/oh/county/franklin_county?s=1006211

Symptoms

Deaths

In … 203 counties in the country where students comprise at least 10 percent of the population, about half experienced their worst weeks of the pandemic since Aug. 1. In about half of those, figures showed the number of new infections is peaking right now.

Despite the surge in cases, there has been no uptick in deaths in college communities, data shows. This suggests that most of the infections are stemming from campuses, since young people who contract the virus are far less likely to die than older people. However, leaders fear that young people who are infected will contribute to a spread of the virus throughout the community.

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