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This College Football Team Had No Coronavirus Cases at First. Then It Shut Down.

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In Riley County, where the school is located, half of the diagnosed cases of coronavirus (78 out of 156 on Wednesday) were among the university-age population, aged 18 to 24. Public health authorities rely on a classification metric which tracks movement within the county, comparing it to pre-pandemic levels. At the start of the outbreak, Riley County received an A for social distance. It is now classified as F.

"At that point, we were staying home more, just going out for the essentials, so our movement was low," said Julie Gibbs, Riley County's health director, about the change in an email. “With companies opening, we expected to see more movement, but I didn't expect our grade to drop so much. We need to get back to where we were before.

  • Updated June 24, 2020

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The collision of infections between college-age adults, she added, is because many go to clubs and bars, and do not wear masks or keep their prescribed six feet away from others. The outbreak in L.S.U. it came largely from players who frequented a popular bar when they arrived in Baton Rouge, La., according to Sports Illustrated.

Some schools have tried to exempt themselves from liability by requiring athletes who return to campuses for exercise to sign exemptions recognizing the risk of being infected – or in the case of at least one school, the Southern Methodist, releasing them of any responsibility. (The state of Kansas did not waive, but provided its protocols to players and their parents and requested feedback.)

The resignations caught the attention of lawmakers.

On Wednesday, Senators Richard Blumenthal of Connecticut and Cory Booker of New Jersey asked N.C.A.A. President Mark Emmert prohibits such resignations, calling them "legally dubious" and "morally disgusting".

Zachary Binney, an epidemiologist at Emory University, said that if players got sick after going back to school – for the sole purpose of training football, not going to school – it was almost irrelevant if they were infected by lifting weights or in a watering local. hole.

"They were exposed because you – the athletics department – brought them back to campus," said Binney. “They were just at the bar because you told them to come back. Getting sick is a perfectly predictable consequence of calling students back to campus. "

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