Due to the pandemic, students who have traveled home during the break are advised to stay home until the following spring semester.
Purchase College says it is already prepared with more tests for when students get back.
"You compound both of them on top of one another and it can lead to some very significant negative outcomes", said Krys Johnson, an epidemiology and biostatistics professor.
Until the surge, Missouri considered limited internet access at home, finances, and their COVID-19 case count when deciding to keep the campus open after the break, said University of Missouri Spokesperson Christian Basi. "If at all possible, people should not eat or drink at gatherings or eat/drink outdoors".
Wellington said students should consider self-quarantining for 14 days upon arriving home.
On-campus students are at a higher risk of contracting COVID-19, as results show the virus spreads easier on populated college campuses. "If that person travels home, their family at home is at risk of infection".
Johnson County Public Health Department Community Health Division Manager Sam Jarvis said families should consider alternative options for celebrating instead of a large in-person gathering.
"I just definitely wanted to be precautious and take all the extra steps so that way I can be at home with my family feeling comfortable and safe with the COVID situation", said Logan Lindsay, UC undergraduate student body president. Millions of students are normally on the move over Thanksgiving and the winter holidays, the most traveled U.S. holidays of the year, reported the U.S. Bureau of Transportation Statistics.
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Testing sites in Iowa City - such as UI Hospitals and Clinics and UI Quick Care - only allow testing for those who have been exposed to someone who tested positive or have COVID-19 symptoms themselves.
The Perimeter campuses have one testing site each. Testing is also available for employees.
Georgia State is also offering free walk-up testing for all students beginning the week of November 9 to understand the COVID-19 condition on campus better.
Purchase College, along with other SUNY schools, are all conducting "exit tests" to prevent students from spreading the virus once they leave campus.
UI first-year Jocelyn Olivera understands first-hand what it is like to be around COVID-19 patients.
Four sources are compiling information about colleges and COVID-19, including case-tracking maps: The New York Times, The Chronicle of Higher Education, Davidson College's College Crisis Initiative (C2i), and Inside Higher Education. "They are having fun, but they are not wearing a mask, they are not social distancing". Obviously, that is fun, but there is a pandemic happening.
"We have many students who rely on on-campus work to provide them with a source of income and if we were to close the campus not only would numerous students not be able to return, but there are some of those jobs that simply would stop", said Basi. Assume they went to UB because of the on-campus opportunities like libraries and facilities that they can't get anywhere else.
"I think they have put [safety] precautions like hand sanitizer stations, floor markings and masks; overall, I would say it's safe", Silva said.