Most University of Connecticut COVID cases tied to health center, officials say
It may be a green state when it comes to overall COVID-19 containment but Connecticut’s flagship university shows up as 10th in the nation in a new New York Times survey of reported virus cases on college campuses throughout the nation.
The University of Connecticut was listed as having a cumulative 112 cases, which placed 10th in the country, just under the University of California at Berkeley which reported 123.
How can that be?
UConn officials say 90 of those cases are associated with personnel at the UConn Health campus in Farmington. The remaining 22 were UConn employees who work at Storrs or regional campuses but who were all telecommuting at the time of their diagnosis.
Several times, UConn President Tom Katsouleas has made a point of saying that during the height of the pandemic this spring, students forced to stay on campus for one reason or the other managed to do so without getting sick.
The New York Times survey, of every public four-year in the country and every private higher education institution that competes in Division 1 sports or does a high level of research, found at least 6,300 cases tied to 270 colleges — before the new academic year even begins.
Not all universities responded to the survey.
The University of Texas at Austin reported the most cases at 449.