COVID-19 on campus: October update

BY ANDREW BOSTOM

Update as of October 5 on COVID-19 cases, hospitalizations, and deaths at 50 American universities since August: despite ~70,000 positive tests, there have been few hospitalizations and zero reported deaths*.

UniversityReported C19+,“Cases” (N)*ReportedHospitalizations (N)**Reported C19Deaths (N)***
(1) U of Alabama sys286100
(2) U of Georgia336300
(3) U of Kentucky200500
(4) Ohio State U298700
(5) U of Dayton128400
(6) Miami U of OH161400
(7) Illinois State U135800
(8) U of Iowa200500
(9) Missouri State U101700
(10) U of Kansas100000
(11) Kansas State U81100
(12) Penn State U242600
(13) U of Wisconsin296710
(14) U of Miami47400
(15) U of S Carolina236700
(16) U of Arizona233800
(17) Notre Dame U75200
(18) Temple University48800
(19) James Madison U152200
(20) Texas Tech U154400
(21) U of Texas101500
(22) Texas Christian U116100
(23) Texas A & M U (incl staff)161300
(24) U of Illinois256610
(25) Iowa State U107800
(26) East Carolina U124000
(27) U of N Carolina114600
(28) N Carolina State U108900
(29) Auburn U193800
(30) Arizona State U185200
(31) San Diego State U110610
(32) Ball State U101500
(33) U of N. Dakota77100
(34) U of Cent Florida107400
(35) U of Florida85300
(36) Oklahoma State U115800
(37) SUNY-Oneonta70300
(38) U of Missouri163000
(39) SUNY-Buffalo44400
(40) U of Michigan57300
(41) Michigan St (incl staff)139500
(42) U of Nebraska (incl staff)82600
(43) U of Tenn sys77900
(44) Florida St U144800
(45) Indiana U (incl staff)171900
(46) U of Arkansas (incl staff)161100
(47) Louisiana St U94700
(48) U of Louisville54300
(49) Arkansas St U (incl staff)54000
(50) Liberty U42800
Totals (N)69,4443**0

*As of data accessed 10/5/20; ostensibly by reverse transcriptase polymerase chain reaction amplification & detection of C19 viral RNA, or C19 nucleocapsid protein antigen detection by immunofluorescent assay(s); 

 **As originally noted here: https://twitter.com/andrewbostom/status/1302438825063591936https://bit.ly/3mHD3Be “Kansas college student hospitalized with suspected case of multisystem inflammatory syndrome”, but the KS college was unidentified; However 1 of the now 1106 C19+ students at SDSU was hospitalized “1st SDSU Student Among COVID-19 Surge Hospitalized as Cases Reach 440.” https://www.nbcsandiego.com/news/investigations/1st-sdsu-student-among-covid-19-surge-hospitalized-as-cases-reach-440/2402332/;  1 U-Wisc-Madison student was hospitalized out of 2967 C19+ https://wkow.com/2020/09/16/first-known-uw-madison-student-hospitalized-with-covid-19/ & 1 U Illinois hospitalization out of 2566 C19+ https://www.idsnews.com/article/2020/09/iu-first-coronavirus-hospitalization-flu-isolations; Links to campus C19 dashboards follow, along with local news items. Daily extensive google searches for the past 5-weeks, through moments before this posting, in addition to  scanning of the C19 dashboards themselves revealed zero reported C19 deaths, and one hospitalization of a San Diego State University student who apparently acquired their C19 infection off campus. As cited in a note accompanying the Table, one other student from an unidentified college in Kansas was hospitalized in mid-to late August as reported the by the Governor of Kansas. This student was ostensibly hospitalized with a C19-related inflammatory syndrome (associated with myriad other viruses including common cold causing coronaviruses https://bit.ly/2DF8fzn:“Concurrent Respiratory Viruses and Kawasaki Disease”, and associated typically with a self-limited, benign outcome in C19: https://bit.ly/3jWvYKP“COVID-19 and Kawasaki Like Disease: The Known-Known, the Unknown-Known and the Unknown-Unknown”). However, a severe C19 case has apparently occurred in an obese, asthmatic student attending Austin College, in Texas https://www.austincollege.edu/covid-dashboard/  who required ICU hospitalization, as reported 9/18/20: “AUSTIN COLLEGE STUDENT HOSPITALIZED WITH COVID” https://www.kten.com/clip/15134687/austin-college-student-hospitalized-with-covid ; https://www.kxii.com/video/2020/09/19/austin-college-student-hospitalized-with-covid-/

*** The tragic deaths of Jamain Stephens, Jr. from the Univ of California, PA apparently by a pulmonary embolus https://www.nytimes.com/2020/09/23/sports/ncaafootball/college-football-death-jamain-stephens.html , and Appalachian St U student Chad Dorrill who died from rapidly progressive paralysis (Guillain-Barre Syndrome) https://www.nytimes.com/2020/09/29/us/college-student-dies-covid.html despite purely lay reports, have NOT in fact been confirmed as C19 deaths by medical caretakers and/or medical examiners. The autopsy findings on neither Mr. Stephens nor Mr. Dorrill for example have been released, and the Chairman of Neurology at Forsyth Medical Center in Winston-Salem commented on the Dorrill case: “We are doing everything to figure out why this happened.”

2/ refs U Alabama sys https://www.wvtm13.com/article/ua-doctor-confident-in-covid-19-protocols-at-tuscaloosa-campus/33908526;  https://uasystem.edu/covid-19-dashboard/

3/ refs U Georgia https://news.uga.edu/uga-reports-covid-19-cases-for-first-full-week-of-class/https://uhs.uga.edu/healthtopics/covid-19-health-and-exposure-updateshttps://www.msn.com/en-us/news/us/university-of-georgia-reports-70percent-decline-of-positive-covid-19-tests-on-campus/ar-BB196PsN

4/ refs U Kentucky https://www.courier-journal.com/story/news/2020/09/02/university-kentucky-covid-19-tests-find-hundreds-cases/3449300001/https://www.uky.edu/coronavirus/covid-19-data-dashboard?_ga=2.243267847.467492369.1599132175-2125327208.1599132175

5/ refs Ohio State U https://www.dispatch.com/news/20200903/ohio-state-reports-882–positive-coronavirus-tests-among-studentshttps://safeandhealthy.osu.edu/dashboard

6/ refs U of Dayton https://udayton.edu/coronavirus/case_dashboard.php;

6a/ refs for Miami U of Ohio  https://miamioh.edu/healthy-together/status-updates/dashboard/

7/ refs for Illinois State https://coronavirus.illinoisstate.edu/dashboard/;

https://app.powerbi.com/view?r=eyJrIjoiYWIwOWM3MjctM2Y2Mi00NjNhLTk1YjYtMzI0YmJhMWU2NzI4IiwidCI6IjA4NWY5ODNhLTBiNjktNDI3MC1iNzFkLTEwNjk1MDc2YmFmZSIsImMiOjN9

8/refs for Missouri State https://www.missouristate.edu/Coronavirus/confirmed-cases.htmhttps://www.wglt.org/post/how-isu-faring-covid-19-compared-other-midwest-college-towns#stream/0

9/ refs U of Iowa: https://coronavirus.uiowa.edu/covid-19-numbers;

https://coronavirus.uiowa.edu/news/2020/08/campus-update-how-covid-19-spreads-new-ventilation-practices-number-self-reported ; https://dailyiowan.com/2020/09/07/university-of-iowa-reporters-175-new-covid-19-cases/

10/ refs U of Kansas: https://protect.ku.edu/sites/protect/files/documents/Dashboard/COVID-19_Dashboard_Aug1toSept30.pdf ;  https://protect.ku.edu/covid-19-test-reporting;

https://www.kansas.com/news/politics-government/article245476225.html

11/ ref K State:  https://www.k-state.edu/covid-19/communities/

12/ refs Penn State: https://virusinfo.psu.edu/covid-19-dashboard

https://app.powerbi.com/view?r=eyJrIjoiMDFhMzI2YzQtNmQwNC00YjgzLWFjMzAtZmFlNGQyZGZiZGJhIiwidCI6IjdjZjQ4ZDQ1LTNkZGItNDM4OS1hOWMxLWMxMTU1MjZlYjUyZSIsImMiOjF9

https://www.centredaily.com/news/local/education/penn-state/article245492075.html?utm_source=pushly&intcid=pushly_657569 ; https://app.powerbi.com/view?r=eyJrIjoiMzM0ZDQyNTMtNTUxYS00ODEzLTk4YzAtZTc4ZjMyNGQ4YjJkIiwidCI6IjdjZjQ4ZDQ1LTNkZGItNDM4OS1hOWMxLWMxMTU1MjZlYjUyZSIsImMiOjF9

13/ ref U Wisc https://smartrestart.wisc.edu/dashboard/

14/ ref U Miami: https://coronavirus.miami.edu/dashboard/index.html

15/ refs U of S. Carolina: https://thehill.com/blogs/blog-briefing-room/news/515020-university-of-south-carolina-reports-over-1000-students-testedhttps://www.sc.edu/safety/coronavirus/dashboard/index.php

https://www.sc.edu/safety/coronavirus/dashboard/index.php  “No students have required hospitalization since classes for the fall semester began last month” https://thehill.com/blogs/blog-briefing-room/news/515020-university-of-south-carolina-reports-over-1000-students-tested

16/ refs U of Arizona https://covid19.arizona.edu/dashboard;  https://news.arizona.edu/story/uarizona-ramp-covid-19-testing;

https://covid19.arizona.edu/updates?_ga=2.45505060.1412322526.1599492858-430809476.1599492858

17/ refs Notre Dame C19:  https://here.nd.edu/our-approach/dashboard/https://www.wndu.com/2020/09/07/notre-dame-reports-6-more-coronavirus-cases/https://www.southbendtribune.com/coronavirus/notre-dame-covid-infections-continue-to-climb-now-at-222-cases/article_b84d673a-e22f-11ea-b2f9-c755bbb0b1ff.htmlhttps://www.ndinsider.com//www.ndinsider.com/football/zero-notre-dame-football-players-test-positive-for-covid-19-in-newest-update/article_4543f180-f726-5718-a939-ab2706d9a8b2.html

18/ refs Temple U:  https://www.temple.edu/life-temple/health-wellness/covid-19-keeping-our-community-safe-healthy/university-communication/active-covid-19-cases-temple-university#definition-2https://temple-news.com/protect-temple-communitys-safety/  

19/ James Madison: since July 1st https://www.jmu.edu/stop-the-spread/dashboard.shtml ; According to JMU spokesperson Caitlyn Read, there have been no hospitalizations stemming from the positive cases of students and staff. https://www.newsleader.com/story/news/2020/08/31/jmu-covid-19-numbers-continue-climb-past-350-cases-after-students-return-classes/5678055002/

20/ refs Texas Tech U: https://www.depts.ttu.edu/communications/emergency/coronavirus/https://www.texastribune.org/2020/09/08/texas-universities-coronavirus-parties/

21/ refs U of Texas: https://coronavirus.utexas.edu/ut-austin-covid-19-dashboard;  https://www.texastribune.org/2020/09/08/texas-universities-coronavirus-parties/

22/ refs Texas Christian U: https://www.tcu.edu/connected-campus/covid-19/case-count.php;  https://www.texastribune.org/2020/09/08/texas-universities-coronavirus-parties/

23/ Refs Texas A & M: https://www.tamu.edu/coronavirus/dashboard/ ; https://www.texastribune.org/2020/09/08/texas-universities-coronavirus-parties/

24/ refs U of Illinois: https://splunk-public.machinedata.illinois.edu:8000/en-US/app/uofi_shield_public_APP/homehttps://docs.google.com/spreadsheets/d/17nPlAJe4bQBYp82ko_q6ngaLYE_BfBQ7SimPjSfdbuc/edit#gid=0https://www.c-uphd.org/champaign-urbana-illinois-coronavirus-information.htmlhttps://www.nbcchicago.com/news/local/illinois-coronavirus-updates-increase-in-cases-on-college-campuses-pritzker-warns-of-rising-positivity-rates/2333539/

25/ refs Iowa State: https://asqk.ehs.iastate.edu/coviddashboard;  https://www.iowastatedaily.com/news/iowa-state-reports-week-three-covid-19-numbers-coronavirus-quarantine-isolation-students-faculty-staff-on-campus-testing-self-reported/article_0f5da2f0-f131-11ea-8046-83943233303e.html

26/ Refs E. Carolina U: https://returnofpiratenation.ecu.edu/public-covid-dashboard/https://www.newsobserver.com/news/coronavirus/article245550470.html

27/refs UNC: https://carolinatogether.unc.edu/dashboard/;  https://www.wect.com/2020/09/07/duke-university-covid-cases-spread-slower-rate/

28/refs NC state https://www.ncsu.edu/coronavirus/testing-and-tracking/https://www.wect.com/2020/09/07/duke-university-covid-cases-spread-slower-rate/

29/refs Auburn U: https://www.auburn.edu/administration/campus-safety/covid-historical-data.htmlhttp://auburn.edu/covid-resource-center/ ; http://www.auburn.edu/administration/campus-safety/covid-campuses.html ;   https://oanow.com/news/local/nearly-600-new-covid-19-cases-reported-last-week-at-auburn-university/article_89fa1f04-f1ed-11ea-944d-d76a912f4575.html

30/ refs ASU https://biodesign.asu.edu/research/clinical-testing/asu-covid-19-management-frameworkhttps://www.azcentral.com/story/news/local/arizona-education/2020/09/07/asu-covid-19-numbers-807-students-18-employees-sick-sunday/5742948002/

31/ refs San Diego State https://sacd.sdsu.edu/student-health-services/covid19-case-alert-protocol

https://www.nbcsandiego.com/news/investigations/1st-sdsu-student-among-covid-19-surge-hospitalized-as-cases-reach-440/2402332/https://sa.sdsu.edu/student-health-services/covid-19 

32/ Refs Ball State U https://www.bsu.edu/about/administrativeoffices/emergency-preparedness/pandemicfluprep/coronavirus/dashboard

33/ Univ of N. Dakota https://veoci.com/veoci/p/dashboard/jr2p5p3tmp?preview=true

34/ Univ of Central Florida https://www.ucf.edu/coronavirus/

35/ Univ of FL-Gainesville https://coronavirus.ufhealth.org/screen-test-protect-2/about-initiative/testing-dashboard/ 36/ Oklahoma State U https://go.okstate.edu/coronavirus/statistics.html

37/ SUNY-Oneonta https://suny.oneonta.edu/covid-19

38/Univ of Missouri https://renewal.missouri.edu/student-cases/

39/ U of Buffalo-SUNY https://www.buffalo.edu/coronavirus/health-and-safety/covid-19-dashboard.html

40/ U of Michigan https://campusblueprint.umich.edu/dashboard/

41/ Mich State U https://www.michiganradio.org/post/msu-says-it-has-548-covid-19-cases-health-department-says-its-actually-1250https://msu.edu/together-we-will/testing-reporting/

42/ U of Nebraska https://covid19.unl.edu/unl-covid-19-dashboard

43/ U of Tenn sys https://tennessee.edu/coronavirus/dashboard/

44/ Florida St U https://fall2020.fsu.edu/ ; https://www.wtxl.com/news/local-news/fsu-launches-covid-19-dashboard

45/ U of Indiana https://fall2020.iu.edu/dashboards/bloomington

46/ U of Arkansas https://health.uark.edu/coronavirus/covid-dashboard.php

47/ Louisiana State U https://lsu.edu/roadmap/covid-dashboard/index.php

48/ U of Louisville https://louisville.edu/coronavirus/dashboard 49/

49/ Arkansas St U https://www.astate.edu/safety/novel-coronavirus/campus-covid-19-report/

50/ Liberty U https://www.liberty.edu/coronavirus/covid-19-dashboard/