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Colgate University proved why testing is key to opening campus amid coronavirus pandemic

Some colleges managed to salvage the fall semester by bringing students back to campus amid the coronavirus pandemic.

The key to success? Lots and lots of testing.

Colgate University in upstate New York is one of the schools that prioritized testing early on. The 200-year-old college has conducted roughly 11,000 COVID-19 tests for its 3,000 students, according to the school’s dashboard. The school also engaged in wastewater sampling to detect COVID cases.

“Testing that many people that often has allowed us to stay safe and remain open,” Colgate Dean Paul McLoughlin told Yahoo Finance Live (video above). “But also, it is what’s necessary. It’s allowed us to sort of identify early.”

Colgate, which is currently reporting 0% positivity rates for four weeks in a row, has offered its students antigen tests on a voluntary basis between November 16 and 17 before students head home for Thanksgiving. Furthermore, the school

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Concordia University coronavirus outbreak infects over 60

A coronavirus outbreak at Concordia University in Irvine has infected more than 60 students and employees, prompting campus officials to cancel athletic practices and urge against out-of-state travel for Thanksgiving.

The active cases — 49 on-campus students and 16 on-campus employees, according to the university’s COVID-19 dashboard — were found through antigen testing that “was made available to our students who wished to be tested prior to returning home for Thanksgiving break,” officials said.

The “large majority” of affected students and employees are asymptomatic, officials added, and all are isolating.

“All the students have transitioned into isolation housing, and all are presently awaiting confirmation of the positive results through PCR testing,” Concordia’s COVID-19 response team wrote in a campus update Saturday. “Contact tracing, quarantine and subsequent testing of close contacts is ongoing.”

Another 15 students “have been placed in quarantine in accordance with the university’s health and safety protocols,” officials

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Washington-Washington State game scratched over coronavirus concerns

The Apple Cup between Washington State and Washington, scheduled to be played Friday in Pullman, was scratched Sunday because of coronavirus concerns in the Washington State program.

The move came after Washington State was forced to cancel its game at Stanford this past Saturday because of the virus.

The Pac-12 said the decision about the Apple Cup was made under the conference’s football policy because Washington State does not have the minimum number of scholarship players available for the game because of the coronavirus. WSU athletic director Pat Chun on Friday told reporters that nine Cougars players were in COVID-19 protocol.

“After assessing the overall status of our football program, we remain under the minimum threshold of 53 available scholarship student-athletes and cannot forecast a scenario that allows us to reach that threshold by the end of the week,” Chun said in a statement Sunday.

Washington and Washington State have

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Oxford University’s coronavirus vaccine shows 70% protection

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Vaccines: What are they and how can they help fight Covid-19?

A coronavirus vaccine developed by the University of Oxford in the UK stops 70% of people developing symptoms of the disease.

Other vaccines by companies such as Pfizer and Moderna showed 95% protection.

However, the Oxford jab developed with company AstraZeneca is a lot cheaper and is easier to store, meaning it can be transported all over the world.

The Oxford researchers have performed a large scale trial, where more than 20,000 volunteers, half in the UK, the rest in Brazil have taken the medicine to test how safe and effective it is.

Researchers found that the effectiveness of the jab rose to 90% in a group of volunteers who were given a half dose

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Arizona university locks students out of classes for not getting mandatory coronavirus tests

Northern Arizona University cracked down on students who hadn’t received mandatory COVID-19 testing by locking them out of their online classes, a move that prompted most to get into compliance.

University spokeswoman Kimberly Ott said about 25 students were notified early in the past week they wouldn’t have continued access to the online instruction system because they didn’t get tests or seek an exemption even after three email notifications and a phone call, the Arizona Daily Sun reported.

The system is used for all online materials, including the submission of assignments and exams.

By Wednesday, most of the students completed testing or provided exemption information to get back online, Ott said.

The university would reactivate the other students’ accounts once they meet the requirements, Ott said.

Faculty members heard about the crackdown from distressed students who were unable to access their accounts, Faculty Senate President Gioia Woods said.

“We all

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Coronavirus updates for college football Week 12: Louisiana coach tests positive

Just three days after No. 25 Louisiana’s game against Central Arkansas was canceled — with 33 players out after positive coronavirus tests and contact tracing — the team announced on Twitter Saturday that coach Billy Napier had tested positive for COVID-19.

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Coronavirus Cases Rise at University of Alabama Ahead of Students Heading Home For Holidays

In the final update of the fall semester, COVID-19 cases are up from last week at the University of Alabama according to the school’s coronavirus dashboard.

This week, the Tuscaloosa campus saw an increase of 38 new cases from last week among students. That number went from 77 to 115 during the week of Nov. 13-19. 

Among faculty, that number rose from 24 to 27 so a minimal increase there. 

This is the final week of in-person classes before students head home for Thanksgiving and Christmas break. Students will return to campus in January when the spring semester begins.

“We are finalizing the updated plan for Spring and much work remains to be done, but we are pleased with the outcome of this Fall semester and the enormous sacrifices our students, faculty, staff and families have made. On behalf of our Board and leadership team, I want to express my

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Coronavirus updates: 23-year-old college student dies from COVID-19

Toronto, the largest city in Canada, is moving into lockdown — its highest alert, what it calls grey status — as it tries to mitigate an increasing coronavirus emergency.

The Peel Region, just west of Toronto and including Mississauga, will also be placed in the grey status.

As part of the designation, public or social indoor gatherings are not allowed. Weddings, funerals or religious services may have up to 10 people indoors. All outdoor gatherings cannot include more than 10 people.

Also, restaurants and bars may have no indoor or outdoor service though takeout is permitted. Essential retail, like pharmacies and

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Innovative coronavirus testing let Duke keep its doors open

Duke University is sometimes referred to as a pretty good knock-off of fancier schools farther north. But while those ivy-clad universities with smart students, prestigious medical schools and big endowments stayed closed this fall, Duke invited its freshmen, sophomores, some upperclassmen and all of its graduate students to its Durham, N.C., campus for largely in-person classes.

Now, it’s schooling those sniffier schools on how to reopen safely.

Starting Aug. 2 and continuing up to this week, when the Duke campus made a pre-planned reversion to online classes for the remainder of the semester, the university implemented a rigorous testing, tracking and surveillance program for more than 10,000 students. And it has carried out, on a grand scale, an innovative scheme — called pooled testing — that can stretch limited testing resources without forfeiting accuracy or resolution.

For Duke’s returning students, the result has been a relatively safe and almost normal

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New coronavirus breathalyzer test in the works at University of Miami

Researchers at the University of Miami are working on a new COVID-19 test that they say will be quick, easy and painless. 

“This is a totally non-invasive test that you just blow three times into a little breathalyzer. It’s like a kazoo and the breath is then caught into this apparatus and in 40 seconds it can be analyzed in order to tell whether or not the SARS-CoV-2 virus is in the exhaled air,” Dr. Roy Weiss, the COVID-19 chief medical officer of the University of Miami health system, said. “It can also distinguish whether or not there are other viral particles, such as the influenza virus.” 

The university is the first college in the nation to participate in this research. It’s running trials with its patients and students, but it hopes the test will be available to the general public soon. 

Depending on the results, the new testing method may receive emergency authorization from the FDA to use across the country.

Depending on the results, the new

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