Rising on-campus infections spark concern in Georgia

Coronavirus

A statue is masked inside a building on the first day of classes Monday, August 17, 2020, at Georgia Tech in Atlanta. More of Georgia’s public universities are opening for the fall term, trying to balance concern about COVID-19 infections against a mandate for on-campus classes citing financial needs and student desires (AP Photo/Jeff Amy)

ATLANTA (AP) — With more than 3,000 public university students and employees across Georgia testing positive for COVID-19 since Aug. 1, some schools are taking action to slow the spread of the respiratory illness.

Georgia Tech is encouraging students to convert to single rooms, moving out roommates over coming weeks to cut exposure to the coronavirus.

Both Georgia Tech and the University of Georgia say they are renting more off-campus rooms to quarantine students.

UGA on Wednesday reported 821 new infections for the week ended Saturday, a number President Jere Morehead says is “concerning.”

Around 4% of all cases recorded in Georgia in the last month have been associated with university campuses, according to figures kept by The Associated Press. 

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