The University of Florida has ranked second with the highest number of positive COVID-19 cases in the nation, a New York Times survey has shown.
More than 5,100 positive cases have been recorded at the university since the mid of March, most of them students, Erudera College News reports.
The survey was shared by the Gainesville city commissioner David Arreola who said that at the moment being vigilant is needed more than ever.
“Now is the time to be extra-extra cautious because you don’t want it to hit your own home and you don’t want to be responsible for bringing it to somebody else’s home,” he said.
Arreola has urged the student population to limit travelling, carry out COVID-19 tests and most importantly to follow the guidelines by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) in order to prevent the further spread of the virus across the country.
“There is a responsibility, and I’m always going to err on the side of caution because you never know when that sickness is going to hit close to home and with Thanksgiving break coming up,” mentioned Arreola.
Following the situation, the vice-President of Student Affairs at the University D’andra Mull said that students could leave the town during the holiday breaks, and then come back on campus before the end of classes on December 9.
Once deciding to travel to their home countries, she advised students to plan their return safely.
“If you’re heading home and you know that you haven’t been physically distancing, wear a mask when you’re home too. I know that seems a bit out of the norm but what’s less formal is folks ending up in hospitals and unable to celebrate fully because of their ills,” D’andra Mull said.
The education sector worldwide has been severely affected by the pandemic, causing most universities to switch to online learning, have fewer students, or even lower revenue.
Lately, a report by QS Quacquarelli Symonds has shown that potential international students to the United States are considering continuing studies abroad due to poor COVID-19 handling in their countries.
In recent months, 40 UK universities have also reported COVID-19 infection cases, leading to the isolation of several student accommodations and forcing many students to quarantine for 14-days.