3 Senate Democrats want federal standards for reporting college coronavirus cases – Education Dive
- A trio of Democratic senators is requesting top federal health officials develop a national strategy for collecting and publicly reporting data on coronavirus outbreaks linked to college campuses.
- The lawmakers wrote to Health and Human Services Secretary Alex Azar and Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) Director Robert Redfield Wednesday, urging them to coordinate with local and state health officials to ensure the information is gathered in a timely and transparent fashion.
- Their missive coincides with the start of the academic year at many colleges, some of which are already battling flare-ups of the virus.
Some institutions that reopened campuses this fall have already experienced viral outbreaks. Most notably, the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill moved its undergraduate courses online after confirming at least 130 students tested positive for the virus. And Oklahoma State University quarantined an entire sorority house after identifying 23 positive cases there.