At Indiana University in Bloomington, county health officials ordered the quarantine of 30 fraternities and fraternities last week following what campus officials described as an “alarming surge”
The school has ordered Greek houses to suspend all activities in person until at least Monday. It also recommends that students from fraternities and fraternities re-evaluate their life situations due to cluster epidemics.
“IU’s team of public health experts are extremely concerned that Greek homes are seeing uncontrolled spread of Covid-19,” the university said in a statement. “This poses a significant risk to the nearly 2,600 students currently living in Greek or other municipal housing organizations, as well as to Bloomington’s other 42,000 IU students, to the 12,000 campus faculty and staff, and to the surrounding community.”
“We have reached the point where we have to quickly flatten the infection curve, or we will miss the opportunity to open campus to students this semester, which we know many students really want,” Blank wrote.
Some of the highest case numbers are at Miami University, the University of South Carolina, Ohio State University, and East Carolina University, all of which have over 1,000 confirmed cases. The University of Missouri has 862 confirmed cases while Missouri State University at 791, shows a count from CNN.
Although most students are likely to recover, health experts have expressed concern that young people are spreading the virus to the most vulnerable in their communities.
The United States may have hit 6.4 million coronavirus cases in April
Nationwide, the number of confirmed coronavirus cases has been significantly underestimated, mainly due to a lack of testing, a new study shows.
Case counts in the United States do not “capture the full weight of the pandemic” because tests have been limited to those with moderate to severe symptoms due to limited availability, according to researchers from the University of California Berkeley School of Public Health.
“We know that in the United States, at the beginning of the outbreak, people tested had moderate to severe symptoms,” said Jade Benjamin-Chung, one of the study’s co-authors and professor of epidemiology and biostatistics at Berkeley Public Health. “And we know that since then, we have more asymptomatic people who are affecting the total number of infections but may not be included in the confirmed case count.”
The findings support previous statements by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention indicating that the number of cases in the country is far greater than previously thought. In June, CDC director Dr. Robert Redfield said the tests likely missed about 90 percent of cases.
Doctor expresses anger at ‘misinformation’
A doctor is expressing his anger at revelations that President Donald Trump downplayed the deadly threat of the coronavirus at the start of the pandemic.
In a series of interviews, Trump told investigative reporter Bob Woodward that he downplayed the danger because he didn’t want people to panic.
Frontline practitioner Dr. Craig Spencer, director of Global Health in ER Medicine at NY-Presbyterian / Columbia University Medical Center, expressed his anger at the disclosure.
“I’m furious because you want to talk about panic and you want to reduce panic – I think about the panic of every single family I called on FaceTime to let them know their family member was dying or was dead,” Spencer told CNN Cooper’s Anderson. “And I think that multiplied by 190,000 times in this country.”
Spencer, an Ebola survivor, worked in the trenches in New York City when as many as 800 people a day died from Covid-19 in the city last spring.
“As a frontline supplier, I’m furious that many of these steps didn’t have to happen if we took them first and prepared ourselves as we should, and the president clearly knew we had to,” Spencer said. “As a public health official, I am furious that this is just another example from the start of a president who has undermined public health professionals contradicted our message.”
It is “next to impossible” for health professionals to keep up and correct the president’s misinformation, he said.
CNN’s Shelby Lin Erdman contributed to this report.