More than 25,000 cases of Covid-19 were reported from colleges and universities in 37 states, according to a CNN tally as of Wednesday.
But it’s not just students who get more infections. According to the American Academy of Pediatrics and the Children’s Hospital Association, the number of new cases in children increased 17% in two weeks.
That’s why colleges and universities shouldn’t send infected students home, said Dr. Anthony Fauci, director of the National Institute for Allergies and Infectious Diseases.
“Keep them at university in a place that is sufficiently isolated from the other students. But don’t let them go home because they could spread it in their home state,”
Campus shouldn’t be closed after an outbreak as it would disperse and spread the virus, Fauci said. “It’s the worst thing you can do,” he said.
70,000 new child cases in 2 weeks
From the start of this pandemic to August 27, more than 476,000 children were infected, according to the report by the AAP and the hospital group.
Children accounted for 9.5% of all coronavirus cases at the time, up from 9.3% a week earlier, the report said.
And from August 13 to August 27, 70,330 new child cases were reported, it said. That’s a 17% increase in child cases over two weeks.
Trouble in the Midwest
According to Johns Hopkins University on Wednesday morning, no state in the Midwest has seen a decrease in new cases in the past week compared to the previous week.
Iowa and South Dakota are two of the six states in the country that have seen new cases increase by at least 50% over the past week.
Iowa Mayor Bruce Teague admitted that his city is in the running to get the virus under control.
“We have a 30% positivity rate in 24 hours,” Teague told CNN on Wednesday. “So we have some big concerns and we have to address them. We have to be ahead of the game because we’re definitely looking in the rearview mirror and trying to catch up. And our efforts are not quite where they are needed.” be.”
Sunday’s nine-page report states that Iowa is in the Task Force-defined “red zone” and warns that the state has the highest case rate in the US, up 77.4% from the previous week.
“Iowa is in the red zone for cases, indicating more than 100 new cases per 100,000 people in the past week, with the highest rate in the country. Iowa is in the red zone for test-positive, showing a rate above 10% at, being the fifth highest rate in the country, “the report said. Both numbers have risen over the past week.
Symptoms can last much longer than expected
According to a study published Tuesday in the British Medical Journal, patients may have to wait more than a month before being retested to see if they got rid of the virus.
The study also suggests that about 1 in 5 negative test results are actually false negative, meaning that many infected people are still spreading the virus after testing negative without knowing it.
Researchers have found that the virus damages the blood vessels that connect the entire body, Li said. It is not clear when “long-distance” patients will return to their previous lives, he added.
$ 5 tests are expected this month
An insufficient number of tests – combined with waiting days of days to get results – has been a major barrier to controlling Covid-19 in the US, according to health experts. But $ 5 rapid tests will be given out to states this month, Adm said. Brett Giroir, the head of the U.S. Covid-19 testing effort.
The nasal swab antigen test does not require a reading instrument and comes with a free smartphone app so that the healthcare provider can record the test results and automatically send them to the public health systems.
Giroir said 48 million tests per month will be available for the US.
The availability and speed of testing has improved in the US, especially since the catastrophic delays in the spring. According to Giroir, 91.9% of the results from the major referral labs, which run about half of the tests in the US, were completed within three days. The average turnaround time in August for large referral labs was 2.27 days.
Coronavirus found in university’s sewer system
The mandatory quarantine is effective immediately and will continue until the test results are returned. USU has also activated a Covid Care team to provide resources to support the affected students, including food deliveries.
“These tests are not new in Utah. They started shortly after the pandemic began and have successfully monitored the spread of the disease,” said Amanda DeRito, director of the university.
“The advantage of testing the water is that we can get an overview of what’s going on on campus and quarantine before a student becomes symptomatic. It’s also less invasive.”
States are going in opposite directions with reopening
Some state and local officials are tightening measures to fight the virus, while others are pushing the reopening.
Oregon Governor Kate Brown has extended the state of emergency to November 3rd.
“The last time I extended the COVID-19 state of emergency in June, I told Oregonians that we were at a crossroads: we could work together to stop the spread of COVID-19 in Oregon, or we could watch as infections and hospital stays increase. ” Brown said in a statement.
“Until there is an effective vaccine against COVID-19, if we let go of our guard, this disease can spread like wildfire.”
But elsewhere officials are relaxing measures.
Officials from San Francisco announced that the city will move into Phase 2, which will allow hair salons, nail salons, massage parlors, and gyms to return to outdoor activity in the coming days. Further entertainment options and places of worship can be opened with restrictions in the coming weeks.
North Carolina Governor Roy Cooper said Phase 2.5 of the reopening will begin Friday, increasing the maximum number of gatherings to 25 people indoors and 50 people outdoors. Playgrounds as well as museums and aquariums with limited capacity will be opened.
“We’re encouraged to see North Carolina remain the most stable and decline in some of our key data metrics,” said Cooper. “Because of our stable numbers, we are ready today to take a cautious step forward.”
CNN’s Naomi Thomas, Annie Grayer, Betsy Klein, Maggie Fox, Lauren Mascarenhas, Renee Baharaeen, Jen Christensen and Nakia McNabb contributed to this report.