Coronavirus on campus: UCF No. 2 in nation for confirmed cases

University dashboard reveals school has seen 438 cases so far

State approves UCF reopening plans for fall semester
State approves UCF reopening plans for fall semester

ORLANDO, Fla. – The University of Central Florida chalks up to No. 2 in colleges and universities reporting confirmed coronavirus cases.

As of Wednesday afternoon, the university’s coronavirus dashboard revealed there have been 438 cases reported to the school.

According to a New York Times report, UCF missed the No. 1 spot by 11 cases of COVID-19. The University of Texas Austin led the charge with 449 cases. The University of Florida comes in fifth, with the University of South Florida taking the No. 7 spot.

Reports of the virus on these campuses are not necessarily all students but do note the presence of the virus on campuses, the New York Times report states.

Florida colleges and universities moved to online learning March 17, a few weeks after the virus was first detected in the state.

Universities quickly shuttered classrooms and emptied dorms, limiting students from taking in-person classes through the summer. In the days leading up to August, universities across the state are preparing to welcome students back for the fall semester.

Though the UCF campus had become a ghost town, the university managed to continue collecting data about students and staff who had contracted COVID-19.

UCF first started keeping track of cases relating to its campus on April 13 and announced in late June that it would create its own coronavirus dashboard.

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