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Continuous updates on how the pandemic is affecting college life around the country.

Dec. 10: There are nine employees and four students currently either isolated or quarantined, according to LMU’s COVID-19 dashboard. One student and two employees have tested positive in December.

Dec. 9: LMU announced it will begin mandatory testing, available on-campus, for those who will be returning to campus in January. This includes students residing on-campus, student athletes and approved staff. The testing ranges from daily to once a week. Those who are not on-campus are not authorized to come to campus to get tested.

Dec. 9: Collin College in Texas made the switch to online learning after a faculty member and a student died from complications from COVID-19. Iris Meda came out of retirement to teach nursing at the school after the pandemic started. She contracted the virus while teaching, and died on Nov. 14 at 70 years old. Rogelio Martinez, a student, died in November. The school recently reported 306 students tested positive during the fall semester, but still plans to reopen in January.

Dec. 7: Colleges across the country are planning to bring students back to campus next semester, despite COVID-19 cases being at an all-time high. This includes schools like Harvard, Princeton and University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill. Plans include regular testing, mask-wearing and social distancing. However, experts are still concerned about the effectiveness of these plans.

Dec. 3: According to LMU’s COVID-19 dashboard, November saw the highest spike in cases at LMU, with nine students, two employees and one contractor testing positive. One student has tested positive in December so far. This makes the total cases at LMU 21 students, 10 employees and three contractors.

Dec. 1: After the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill announced a plan to offer more in-person classes this spring, 68 faculty members published a letter in the Daily Tar Heel opposing the plans. The faculty stated that even with increased testing at the university, it would not be safe enough for students and employees to return.

Dec. 1: A group of Princeton graduates launched a startup called The U Experience that will select 150 student applicants to live in a resort in Texas this spring, aiming to recreate the college experience that students are missing out on due to COVID-19. The resort aims to be a “bubble” so students can live without masks or social distancing. Each student will have to pay almost $10,000 for the semester-long experience. Despite intense online criticism, founder Lane Russell claims they have received 1,500 applicants.

Nov. 23: Jamesha Wadell, a senior at Livingstone College in North Carolina, died due to complications due to COVID-19. She was 23 years old and on track to graduate from Livingstone later this month.

Nov. 21: An outbreak at Concordia University in Irvine, California caused 49 students and 16 employees to test positive for COVID-19. The outbreak was detected due to pre-Thanksgiving surveillance testing at the university.

Nov. 19: A new study of 570 college and university faculty members showed that pandemic-related stress is becoming chronic, negatively affecting faculty health. Seventy-four percent of faculty respondents reported significant stress caused by the shift to online learning. Forty percent have also considered leaving their position as a result of pandemic-related challenges.

California college with the highest reported cases: San Diego State University, 1,450.

College with the highest reported cases in the country: Clemson University, 5,086.

According to a tracking system by the New York Times.

Nov. 19: Seven LMU students have tested positive for COVID-19 in November, according to the dashboard. This brings the total of reported cases since tracking to 18 students, eight employees and two contractors.

Nov. 17-19: As COVID-19 cases reach record-breaking peaks, more colleges and universities are announcing shifts to online classes. This past week, at least 20 schools announced a transition to remote learning, closing residence halls and moving students off campus. As well, many schools are urging students not to travel over Thanksgiving break, in accordance with CDC recommendations.

Nov. 16: LMU officially launched its COVID Support team, which aims to provide resources to University community members if they become exposed. The team is made up of LMU employees who have undergone contract-tracing training.

Nov. 12: The Ivy League announced it is cancelling winter sports. Spring sports are postponed until Feb. 2021, and fall sports will not be conducted in the spring. Athletes will not lose a season of eligibility. This is the first conference that plays Division I basketball to make this call.

California college with the highest reported cases: San Diego State University, 1,450.

College with the highest reported cases in the country: Clemson University, 5,086.

According to a tracking system by the New York Times.

Nov. 12: LMU’s COVID-19 dashboard is currently reporting four students in isolation and 11 students and one employee in quarantine. Four students have tested positive in November. The total reported cases at LMU since tracking are 15 students, eight employees and two contractors.

Nov. 12: Several colleges in New York announced an early shift to online instruction, including Syracuse University, Hilbert College, Niagara University and St. Lawrence University, according to Inside Higher Ed. This comes as Gov. Andrew Cuomo placed tighter restrictions on schools in the state in October.

Nov. 10: Cal Poly San Luis Obispo experienced three of its largest COVID-19 single-day surges in one week. One hundred and thirty new cases were reported, totaling cases to 410, according to the Tribune. Additionally, 596 students are in quarantine, and 66 are isolating.

Nov. 3: Bethany Nesbitt, a student at Grace College in Winona Lake, Indiana, was found dead in her residence hall after testing positive for COVID-19, according to NBC. Nesbitt’s official cause of death was a pulmonary embolus that was related to the virus. She was 20 years old.

California college with the highest reported cases: San Diego State University, 1,301.

College with the highest reported cases in the country: Clemson University, 4,831.

According to a tracking system by the New York Times.

Oct. 27LMU launched a COVID-19 dashboard that tracks and reports cases within the LMU community. According to the dashboard, there are currently six students who have been potentially exposed to the virus in quarantine, as well as two employees and one student who are confirmed to have COVID-19.

Oct. 27: The University of Vermont announced a freeze on the increase of tuition and room and board for all students. UVM froze tuition last year as well for the first time in 40 years. UVM President Suresh Garimella cited the impacts of COVID-19 on community members as reasoning for the freeze, according to the announcement by the University.

Oct. 23: Freshman Michael Lang from the University of Dayton died due to causes related to COVID-19. He was 18 years old. Lang is the third reported student to die from complications related to the virus, according to Inside Higher Ed.

Oct. 19-28: Clemson University is reporting among the highest number of cases in a college in the country: approximately 14% of Clemson’s student body has tested positive. Clemson, however, is leading the country in testing its student body, and is administering thousands of tests a day, according to the Charleston Post and Courier.

California college with the highest reported cases: San Diego State University, 1,237 cases.

College with the highest reported cases in the country: University of Georgia, 4,049 cases.

According to a tracking system by the New York Times.

Oct. 22: Chapman University reopened its campus, allowing students to choose between in-person classes or online instruction, reported the Orange County Register. Approximately 35% of students have returned to campus, and these students are required to be tested regularly. Chapman has reported 28 cases.

Oct. 20: The county that homes the University of Michigan received stay-at-home orders, and more of the University’s classes are moving online. According to the Detroit Free Press, 61% of the county’s cases are from UM students.

Oct. 14: As COVID-19 continues to throw the balance of college sports out of order, the University of Florida was forced to pause operations of their football program after 19 players tested positive, according to the Orlando Sentinel.

California college with the highest reported cases: San Diego State University, 1,148 cases.

College with the highest reported cases in the country: University of Georgia, 3,888 cases.

According to a tracking system by the New York Times.

Sofia is a junior English major from Portland, OR. She enjoys watching New Girl and listening to alternative and hip hop music. Sofia loves and respects the masterpiece that is Chief Keef's "Love Sosa."

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Thank God it's almost over. For me, the most difficult stage was to study remotely. Social isolation is what happened to all of us. But students especially suffered. After all, social life in college is one of the most important aspects. But if it turns out to be even slightly useful, I read while writing an essay about the aftermath of Covid 19 in US ... It turns out that the quarantine only strengthened people's faith in each other. This is curious.

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