Will colleges in the new coronavirus epicenters change their fall plans? – Education Dive
College leaders in several states are staring down one of the worst possible outcomes of the summer: Coronavirus cases are surging just as they’re preparing to welcome students back to campus.
The crisis is particularly acute in Arizona, Florida and Texas. All three states have recently been clocking upward of 3,000 new confirmed coronavirus cases most days in the past week, and have or soon could run out of intensive care unit beds at hospitals. Even though these states’ testing capability has increased, so has the share of tests that have returned positive, a sign the virus is spreading.
In response to these trends, University of Arizona President Robert Robbins made a declaration last week. If he had to decide immediately, he said, he wouldn’t reopen campus in the fall.
Coronavirus cases in Arizona have increased by 90% over the last two weeks, growing to more than 84,000 since March, and its test positivity rate is at 22.9%, rising a few percentage points during that period, according to COVID Exit Strategy, a website run by public health experts. Government officials have even activated an emergency plan that will let doctors deny treatment to patients based on their likelihood of survival in order to free up resources for others.