More than 550 positive cases of the coronavirus have been reported among students, faculty and staff at Virginia colleges and universities as they’ve reopened their campuses for the fall semester.
At Virginia Commonwealth University, 44 positive cases within the athletics department forced the university to create 110 beds’ worth of space in the Honors College residential hall to serve as home for those in isolation. On Thursday, the university in downtown Richmond reported 110 active cases.
At James Madison University, a string of five positive tests among football players since Friday forced the team to shut down practice until at least Sept. 7. Twenty-five other members of the team were forced to quarantine.
Some of the schools say they knew positive cases were inevitable and that they are prepared to handle them, even as other universities across the country have backtracked on plans to allow students on campus.