UCF is second in the nation among universities for positive COVID-19 cases

Three Florida universities are among the top seven

The University of Central Florida reported 438 cases of coronavirus in a New York Times survey of every four-year college in the U.S., along with division I private and elite research institutions.

Of the 270 schools that reported a total of 6,300 cases since the beginning of the pandemic, UCF reported the second most positive cases just behind the University of Texas at Austin, who had 449.

The University of Florida had the fifth-highest number of case at 217 and the University of South Florida was seventh with 182.

UCF spokeswoman Heather Smith told the Tampa Bay Times the numbers are a result of the university’s contact tracing efforts since spring which includes people currently residing in other states and cities.

UCF and other state universities are finalizing their plans to reopen this fall, Smith says when they do go re-open less than 32 percent of classes will have some in-person component.


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