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Experts say students shouldn’t leave campus after COVID-19 outbreaks

Coronavirus cases in college continue to pop up. But students shouldn’t leave, experts say.

Workers test Utah State University students for COVID-19 on Sunday, Aug. 30, 2020, in Hyde Park, Utah. Students from four dorms were tested and quarantined after the virus was detected in the wastewater from those buildings.
Workers test Utah State University students for COVID-19 on Sunday, Aug. 30, 2020, in Hyde Park, Utah. Students from four dorms were tested and quarantined after the virus was detected in the wastewater from those buildings.
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Colleges and universities across the United States continue to deal with COVID-19 outbreaks. And some college wants their students to head home. But experts are advising against it, telling students to stay on campus.

White House coronavirus response coordinator Dr. Deborah Birx said college residents should avoid isolating off campus if they become infected with the novel coronavirus, ABC News reports.

  • “Please isolate at your college. Do not return home if you’re positive and spread the virus to your family, your aunts, your uncles, your grandparents,” Birx said in a news conference.

Birx reiterated the idea in a White House phone call with governors.

  • “It’s really important that you check in with your university presidents to make sure they also have an isolation and care plan for students who become positive, even if they have moved to online.”
  • “It’s really important that these students are continuously tested, isolated and cared for and don’t return to their multi-generational households where they could dramatically increase spread, particularly over the Labor Day weekend.”

Dr. Anthony Fauci told NBC’s “Today” show that sending students home is “worst thing you could do.”

  • “Keep them at the university in a place that’s sequestered enough from the other students, but don’t have them go home because they could be spreading it in their home state.”