Just over a week ago, administrators at a private, Christian university in the Phoenix area started seeing an uptick in coronavirus cases among its students. According to the Arizona Republic:
Grand Canyon University said it saw an increase of cases connected to Halloween parties and has begun to strongly encourage its students to stay on campus for Thanksgiving in response to the latest numbers.
As of Nov. 8, GCU reports a total of 175 cases currently considered positive. Of these, 169 are students and 6 are employees.
Should parents and students be spooked by this All Hallow’s Eve “increase in cases”? If we’re all caught up in our emotions, sure thing. And, of course, no one’s hoping anyone catches the China plague, especially so close to Thanksgiving. There were 175 cases. And the enrollment is 23,000 students, which GCU, wrote me in an email, includes 5,000 who aren’t even in classes (doing online-only learning).
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