The New York Times is tracking coronavirus cases on campuses through a rolling survey. This page will be updated periodically and was last updated Sept. 25.
Thousands of new coronavirus cases continue to emerge on college campuses.
A New York Times survey of more than 1,600 American colleges and universities — including every four-year public institution and every private college that competes in N.C.A.A. sports — has revealed at least cases and at least deaths since the pandemic began. Most of the cases have been announced since students returned to campus for the fall term. Most of the deaths were reported in the spring and involved college employees, not students.
Colleges with coronavirus cases since the pandemic began
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More than 35 colleges have reported at least 1,000 cases over the course of the pandemic, and more than 230 colleges have reported more than 100 cases. Around the country, some of the metro areas with the most cases per capita in recent days — including La Crosse, Wis.; State College, Pa.; and Gainesville, Fla. — have sizable outbreaks at universities.
Brigham Young University ended visiting hours at its dorms and stopped intramural sports as infection numbers grew. The University of Colorado’s flagship campus shifted temporarily to online classes in hopes of controlling an outbreak. And in Wisconsin, where college towns are contributing to a statewide spike in cases, Lt. Gov. Mandela Barnes gave a radio address pleading with students to wear masks.
“College isn’t just about your coursework 24/7. Believe me, I get it,” Mr. Barnes said. “But in order for you to participate in all the things that make college so memorable, you all need to wear masks anytime you leave the dorm room or your apartment.”
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Weekly cases per capita in the county
Schools without case totals (indicated as —) either did not respond to inquiries or declined to provide information. Schools reporting zero cases appear only when searched.
Note: The charts show the cases per 100,000 residents reported each week in the county where each school is located. The location of a university’s main campus is listed unless otherwise specified. In several instances, colleges noted that some cases were tied to branch campuses or satellite locations.
This data shows where the virus has been identified over the course of the pandemic, not necessarily where it is prevalent now. The Times has counted more than additional cases at colleges since late July; of those, more than 42,000 cases came since early September. Tens of thousands of those infections have been reported in recent days, but some universities just started reporting data, and The Times recently contacted others for the first time.
Because colleges report data differently, and because cases continued to emerge even in the months when most campuses were closed, The Times is counting all reported cases since the start of the pandemic.
Though some universities decided to hold most or all classes online this fall, others reopened their campuses with extensive rules on face coverings, social distancing and gatherings. Many universities, hoping to quickly identify cases and prevent broader outbreaks, have tested aggressively for the virus, detecting cases in some instances that might otherwise have been missed.
With no national tracking system, colleges are making their own rules for how to tally infections. While The Times’s survey is believed to be the most comprehensive account available, it is also a near-certain undercount. Among the colleges contacted by The Times, many published case information online or responded to requests for case numbers, but at least 250 others ignored inquiries or refused to answer questions. More than have reported zero cases. The Times obtained case data through open records requests at several public universities that would not otherwise provide numbers.
Given the disparities in size, reopening plans and transparency among universities, this data should not be used to make campus-to-campus comparisons. Some colleges subtract cases from their tallies once people recover. Some report only tests performed on campus. And some initially provided data but then stopped. Officials at Washington State University, for instance, have not provided data since late August, even though case numbers in the surrounding area have spiked.
Infections linked to medical schools and teaching hospitals
Cases tied to medical programs
University of Alabama at Birmingham
University of California, San Diego
University of Connecticut
University of South Florida
The Times is counting reported cases among university students and employees in all fields, including those whose roles as doctors, nurses, pharmacists or medical students put them at higher risk of contracting the virus. At least four universities that have a broad range of programs, including medical units, have reported dozens of cases tied to health care. Those cases are listed above as a subset of their universitywide totals.
Some universities did not provide data for cases at their medical schools, hospitals or clinics. Some included those cases in their campuswide counts, but did not specify how many. Other universities that are primarily focused on medical training, or that reported a small number of cases tied to clinical programs, are listed in the main table on this page with an asterisk.