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COVID-19 cases continue to rise on campuses

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By Sabrina Edwards

Colleges are still reporting outbreaks on their campuses, and these numbers could continue to rise due to holiday gatherings. Schools have reported their cases related to their campuses from the week of Oct. 26 through Nov. 1.

Grand Rapids Community College reported 11 student cases, bringing the total number of fall cases to 56. The school also reported two employee cases, bringing the employee total to nine.

Grand Valley State University reported a surge in cases. There are 95 active cases tied to the campus. Eighteen of those cases reported were faculty and staff. The rest being students, which was 14 on-campus students and 63 off-campus students.

Michigan State University reported less cases than they previously had, with 22 active cases being tied to the school. However, their on-campus numbers have increased, currently MSU has 12 students in quarantine and four in self-isolation.

As of Monday, the state of Michigan has had 184,889 COVID-19 cases and 7,357 deaths, state officials report. The need for hospitalization has also increased, as well as the need for ventilators and critical care.

“The alarming surge we are now seeing is exactly why we were so worried about the fall season,” said Dr. Joneigh Khaldun, as reported by The Detroit Free Press. “We must remain vigilant, so we prevent long-term health consequences and unnecessary deaths, and protect our hospital capacity and the health of our frontline health workers.”

With Halloween over, many are concerned that there will be a rise in cases due to people gathering over the holiday and not following social distancing guidelines. Due to it being a popular holiday among college students, with large groups attending parties, many campuses could see a potential rise in cases.