Spike in COVID-19 cases reported at colleges in 36 states

Coronavirus vaccine tested continues

Spike in cases at colleges in 36 states, vaccine testing continues
Spike in cases at colleges in 36 states, vaccine testing continues

Tens of thousands of coronavirus (COVID-19) cases have been reported on college campuses across the country.

Some leaders are pushing testing as an answer, since a safe and effective vaccine is still months away. Three potential vaccines are in phase 3 of human trials in the United States.

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The Food and Drug Administration (FDA) suggests one could be approved before the trials are over.

“You don’t want a vaccine to be available widely to the American public unless it’s been shown to be safe and effective,” Dr. Anthony Fauci, with the National Institute of Allergy & Infection Diseases.

FDA commissioner, Dr. Stephen Hahn, said he’d consider resigning rather than green-light a vaccine under political pressure.

“I think all options are on the table. With respect, I hope we won’t be in that position,” Hahn said.

Nationally, new case founds are falling from a great height. Florida is allowing some visitors in nursing homes again. However, there’s a knot in the heartland where average new case counts are rising right now -- near doubled in South Dakota in just a week.

The White House Coronavirus Task Force just warned Iowa that it has the highest rate of cases in the nation. Officials are advising that masks become a mandate across the state, bars must be closed and a comprehensive plan made for college towns.

New York City just pushed back in-person classes by 10 days and announced that it’ll test some K-12 staff and students monthly. Meanwhile, the president’s been denigrating Fauci, one of the nation’s most trusted voices on COVID-19.

Experts are also warning Americans their behavior over Labor Day weekend will be critical to what the fall looks like.

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About the Authors:

Kimberly Gill joined the Local 4 News team in November 2014. She was named Personality of the Year in 2009 by the Ohio Broadcaster’s Hall of Fame. She’s also a two-time Emmy winner.

Kayla is a Web Producer for ClickOnDetroit. Before she joined the team in 2018 she worked at WILX in Lansing as a digital producer.