NERVOUS COLLEGES CITIES
Residents of college towns have expressed concerns about flare-ups in cases after returning students.
Three cities in Connecticut, where the infection rate recently fell below 1%, have urged state health officials to enforce strict social distancing measures for students coming from areas with high rates of infection are higher.
Middlebury College in Vermont told students to “shed some light” when they return to campus and have an evacuation plan in the event of an outbreak.
“The town of Middlebury does not have the infrastructure to deal with a massive epidemic that is starting on campus,” wrote Henry Ganey, a student and local resident, in a letter published this week in The Middlebury Campus newspaper.
At Tulane University in New Orleans, students were asked to return to campus this week, but were told they could be expelled or suspended for hosting large gatherings.
“All parents are worried about both the pandemic and the success of all these precautions. But it looks like the Tulane community is bringing the right dose of intention and preparation to this, ”said Elizabeth Baker, an attorney from Maplewood, New Jersey, who dropped off her daughter last week.
(Reporting by Gabriella Borter, Peter Szekely, Jonathan Allen and Barbara Goldberg; Writing by Gabriella Borter and Dan Whitcomb; Editing by Rosalba O’Brien)