It prevented an outbreak before it began

The University of Arizona made a bold claim this week: It stopped a coronavirus outbreak before it started.

Universities around the U.S. have struggled with outbreaks as they attempt to start the fall semester. But at the Likins Hall dorm, just across the street from the University of Arizona’s recreation center, two students were found to have contracted the coronavirus — and they were asymptomatic.

The university said it pulled this off by combining more common forms of coronavirus mitigation, swab testing and contact tracing, with a more exotic one: analyzing sewage.

The university had implemented a campus-wide initiative to conduct what’s known as wastewater-based epidemiology. This effort, which involves analyzing sewage samples for traces of the coronavirus, gave the university a way to quickly and repeatedly look for traces of the virus in discrete groups of people — in this case, dorms — as part of an early warning

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Notre Dame halts in-person teaching for two weeks amid coronavirus outbreak

Michigan State University also announced Tuesday that it will teach most courses remotely starting Sept. 2, scrapping plans for some in-person and hybrid instruction. The public university in East Lansing urged undergraduates to stay home. The public University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, which opened for in-person teaching last week, is also moving online after a surge in cases.

The Rev. John I. Jenkins, president of Notre Dame, announced his school’s pivot in remarks to students Tuesday, eight days after the term began on the campus of the Catholic university in South Bend, Ind.

Jenkins said the number of confirmed cases this month has risen to 147, up from a previously published count of nearly 60. Nearly all those infected are students, though none have been hospitalized. Much of the spread, officials said, has been among seniors living off campus.

“This spike in cases is very serious, and we

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Michigan State University suspends in-person classes amid outbreak

At least a dozen athletes have tested positive at the University of Mississippi, with classes set to resume there next week. It comes as COVID-19 concerns spread across college campuses nationwide. Michigan State is the latest university to scrap in-person classes. 

“I think time will tell whether this is the right decision or not,” said Michigan State President Samuel Stanley.

Analise Macksood was just moving into her freshman dorm after a lost spring. “We’re like, your kidding,” Macksood said.

“Prom, finals, graduation, everything. Summer hit and we were told, ‘Oh, you get a whole new fresh start in college,’ and then that gets taken away.” she told CBS News. “It sucks, to be honest. It sucks.”

Michigan State joins Notre Dame and North Carolina to go virtual this fall. Nationwide, more than 1,000 COVID-19 cases have been reported on college campuses since July.

Other schools are keeping students on campus

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Read The Latest About The COVID-19 Outbreak

Since Chinese officials implemented the first coronavirus lockdown in the city of Wuhan in January, there have been more than 21.7 million cases of COVID-19 across the planet.

More than 776,000 people have died from the disease, according to data compiled by Johns Hopkins University.

Efforts to curb the outbreak have led to the global disruption of daily life and the economy, as schools and workplaces shuttered in hopes of slowing transmission. After months of precautions and lockdowns, governments have begun to reopen their economies.

HuffPost reporters around the world are tracking the pandemic and its effects.

Read the latest updates on the coronavirus pandemic below. (To see the latest updates, you may need to refresh the page. All times are Eastern. For earlier updates on the pandemic, go here.)

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Trump says outbreak ‘is under control’; 13 nuns die in Michigan convent; 1B students hit by school closures

President Donald Trump is considering executive action as congressional leaders and White House officials struggle to reach a deal on the next coronavirus relief package.

Trump, in an interview with Axios, defended his administration’s effort to beat back the U.S. outbreak that has shown little signs of easing. 

“They are dying, that’s true,” Trump said. “It is what it is. But that doesn’t mean we aren’t doing everything we can.”

As more schools across the country welcome students back to class this week, some are already temporarily reclosing because of COVID-19 concerns. In Indiana, one school is shutting down two days after an employee tested positive for the virus. In another Indiana school, a student tested positive after the first day back to school.

The United Nations estimates more than 1 billion students worldwide have been affected by school closures. Secretary-General Antonio Guterres said the pandemic has created the largest

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Coronavirus outbreak at USC’s fraternity row leaves at least 40 people infected

Around 40 individuals living near the USC campus on fraternity-filled 28th Street have tested positive for COVID-19. Nearly 150 student and faculty have contracted the virus. <span class="copyright">(Brian van der Brug / Los Angeles Times)</span>
Around 40 individuals living near the USC campus on fraternity-filled 28th Street have tested positive for COVID-19. Nearly 150 student and faculty have contracted the virus. (Brian van der Brug / Los Angeles Times)

USC is dealing with an outbreak of the coronavirus spread across the university’s Greek row.

The school has detected around 40 positive COVID-19 cases involving individuals living on 28th Street, where many fraternity groups associated with the university are based, chief student health officer Sarah Van Orman said.

“A significant number of the cases were associated with four fraternity houses,” Van Orman said. To date, around 150 USC students and employees have tested positive.

USC and other universities have adapted to the coronavirus in an effort to keep students, staff and local communities safe during the pandemic. Many schools, including UCLA and USC, have moved the vast majority of fall semester classes online and canceled events,

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Keys having first outbreak of Dengue fever in 10 years

The Florida Keys is experiencing its first outbreak of the mosquito-borne disease Dengue fever in 10 years.

The Florida Department of Health Friday confirmed two more cases of the illness in the island chain, bringing the total number of cases to 16.

All the cases have been in about a two-mile area of Key Largo in the Upper Keys, according to the latest health department information.

The last time the Keys had a Dengue fever outbreak was 2010, said Alison Kerr, spokeswoman for the health department in Monroe County.

That year a total of 55 people contracted the illness, which is caused by the bite of a female Aedes aegypti mosquito, the same mosquito that caused the Zika outbreak in Miami in 2016. Male mosquitoes lack the ability to bite.

No one in the Keys has died from Dengue this year, and all who have gotten it so far are

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