College students see varied reopening plans as new COVID-19 cases rise

Notre Dame is blaming off-campus parties for 89 new cases of COVID-19 reported on Monday alone, as UT Austin and University of Colorado at Boulder students fear they’ll be sent home.
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Good evening. There is a lot to get to tonight. The democratic national convention set to get under way, night two, but tonight, president trump responding to night one and Michelle Obama, who did not hold back with her assessment of the president and where America is. All of this as the coronavirus forces a new wave of decisions tonight. The newest major university to suddenly make changes after what they've seen already. And the numbers tonight. Now more than 171,000 American lives lost. Late today, notre dame moving all undergarage Walt classes online for at least two weeks, after a dramatic increase in students testing positive just since they started. Students at the university of North Carolina at chapel hill packing up and going home after in-person classes were suspended for the entire semester just a week in. And concern for school-aged children and teachers across the country. Tonight in, cherokee county, Georgia, for one, a third high school has shut down. Tonight here, Dr. Birx and the images that most alarm her and Dr. Anthony Fauci and the key figure, the key number he wants parents to be aware of in their own communities in deciding how and when to send their children back. And so we'll carefully get to it all. ABC's Steve osunsami in Atlanta tonight. Reporter: At notre dame tonight, the school is blaming offcampus parties for the 89 new cases of covid-19 counted on Monday alone. The fighting Irish are now under two weeks of new restrictions, remote instruction for undergrads, closed public spaces and offcampus students have to stay off campus. If these steps are not successful, we will have to send students home as we did last spring. I think we're all disappointed. Reporter: It's a strange move-in day at ut-austin and at the university of Colorado at Boulder, where they're already worried they could be sent back home because of the coronavirus. I have an in-person class, so I do have to go to class. I'm going to do my best and practice safety and wear my mask, wash my hands often, but I feel like that it's spreading pretty fast. Reporter: School administrators at unc chapel hill have already had to change plans. Most in-person instruction was cancelled Monday and they're encouraging students to leave campus. I think we're going to wait it out and once they kick us out, we'll go home. I think that's our plan for now. Reporter: Students, of course, like to party and health officials warn that parties like this one at the university of north Georgia over the weekend are not helpful. We can't have these large parties, because of the level of asymptomatic spread. Reporter: At ithaca college in New York, freshman Rita Auker got the email from her university president today, school will be online this semester. And just for general public health and safety reasons, it makes sense for all of us to stay home. Reporter: Across the state of Mississippi, more than 2,000 students are having to quarantine at home. In cherokee county, Georgia, alone, at least that many students are having to quarantine in just one school district. What's tough is that it's best for students of all ages to be in school, but not the safest decision in cities with increasing rates of infection. When you're in a red zone that is greater than 100 per 100,000 or greater than ten test positivities, you really better think twice before you do that. Let's get right to Steve, who is in Atlanta tonight. And we just heard Dr. Fauci warning about the risks of opening schools and the so-called red Zones. There was something else he said today about a more consistent national response to the virus, he said that would help? Reporter: That's right, David. He came out late today saying if there was a more consistent message from the administration that things might be a little better. The administration will no doubt disagree with that. David? Steve osunsami leading us off tonight. Steve, thank you.

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