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Gov. Walz suggests college students not travel home for Thanksgiving

Gov. Walz suggests college students not travel home for Thanksgiving”

The Thomas Jefferson Health District reported seven new cases of COVID-19 on Friday, two new cases Saturday and one new case Sunday.

Northeastern University is also asking students who travel for Thanksgiving to consider finishing the semester remotely, according to an email sent to students and staff. However, many students chose to go home early instead. For convenience, we should have more testing locations which will make weekly testing more efficient.

The Residence and Housing center instructed students to follow the Covid-19 protocols given by the University Health Center.

"While this planning may include getting a test, health experts emphasize that a negative test result may occur early in a COVID-19 infection", a UI update said.

As cases of COVID-19 skyrocket in Iowa, Hawkeyes are deciding whether to head home to celebrate the holidays.

At this point, it's the safest option for the students and the school but it's tough from a student's perspective.

"We all had high hopes of returning to campus after the fall break to continue our in-person classes", UW-Eau Claire chancellor Jim Schmidt, wrote in a campuswide letter.

"Students will leave a state with skyrocketing new COVID-19 cases and some might sit next to grandparents a few days later", tweeted Matt Cohen, enterprise reporter for the Indiana Daily Student news outlet.

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Duke has managed to keep a low positivity rate ever since its fall semester began. "Our consistent and persistent efforts to wear masks, social distance and get tested will only aid us in preventing further spread of COVID-19". "These measures are being taken in the best interest of the health and well-being of our campus community".

The University of Alabama (37,842 students), too, will resume classes after the break, and will offer exit testing for the Thanksgiving and winter breaks for students who request it. Just two simple things: "wearing a mask and social distancing, and everything could go away possibly".

As of noon Tuesday, the university reached 100 positive cases in the two-week period starting November 7, triggering the move to online classes in accordance with State University of New York (SUNY) guidance.

Faculties can also request for larger classrooms to ensure safety while encouraging more students to show up.

The university advised those in the UI community who are seeing family members over break to create a plan beforehand, especially if those family members are at a higher risk for COVID-19 complications. This is to limit the exposure at the university for all those who have traveled.

Amid the pandemic, Georgia State continues to work to provide a safe campus and high-quality academics. There are now three testing sites on the downtown campus located in Dahlberg Hall, Patton Hall and the 75 Piedmont building.

Those who wish to be tested can go to a Test Iowa site, with the nearest locations in Cedar Rapids and Davenport.

UMD and the University of Wisconsin are among other schools that have told students who travel for the break that they will not be allowed to return to campus.

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