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College students raise alarm by packing bars, avoiding masks

Music blared outside a row of off-campus houses on Saturday near the University of North Georgia as hundreds of students packed the streets and front yards. Virtually no one wore a mask.

The huge party in Dahlonega, Ga., captured in a viral Twitter video, was one of a number of mass gatherings around the country this weekend as tens of thousands of students returned to college towns already on edge amid the novel coronavirus pandemic.

Local officials from Georgia to Alabama to Oklahoma reacted with horror and anger on Sunday, warning that unless students take social distancing and mask rules seriously, the fall semester could come to a swift end.

“Why?” tweeted Walt Maddox, mayor of Tuscaloosa, Ala., above a photo of hundreds of mostly mask-free University of Alabama students outside downtown restaurants. “We are desperately trying to protect @tuscaloosacity.”

Some universities are already battling covid-19 outbreaks, including the University of North Carolina-Chapel Hill – where four different viral clusters have emerged one week after in-person classes started – and Oklahoma State University, where a single sorority house now has 23 confirmed cases.

There’s no national consensus on how to approach college this fall, with many schools going at least partially online and others trying mass testing of students. But other large schools are welcoming everyone back to campus and relying on masks and social distancing to avoid outbreaks – a plan, as local leaders noted this weekend, that could crumble if students don’t abide by the recommendations.

In Dahlonega, university officials chided the hundreds of students who gathered at an off-campus housing complex for the Saturday night party.

“We are disappointed that many of our students chose to ignore COVID-19 public health guidance by congregating in a large group without social distancing or face coverings,” a school spokeswoman told the Gainesville Times.

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12 Comments on this post.
  • Glenn
    19 August 2020 at 4:35 am
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    Can’t fix stupid.

  • Aristophanes
    19 August 2020 at 4:39 pm
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    Seems like the students understand herd immunity better than the so-called professors and administration.

  • E Byrne
    19 August 2020 at 4:46 pm
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    These are the same groups that a protesting and rioting/looting in our cities, same age groups anyway. They like most people their age think they are invincible.

  • David
    19 August 2020 at 5:12 pm
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    No stupid is the mayor. The only issue with this flu is the miss information no I mean out and out lies. A mask traps bacteria in and does not stop a virus. Biggest lie is the test results I’ll bet that all these positive test at the universities would be negative if they took a blood test. This is the scam of the century probably about the same number of deaths as the swine flu. Sad sad that dumbacrats will destroy our country just to beat Trump so sad

  • Kay
    19 August 2020 at 6:34 pm
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    And how do we know that any of this is fact and not fiction with corona? So far the stats are so out there that God had to work wonders because the deaths due to anything but corona has drop over 120,000 this year alone to 24,690. Can that be explained? Murders, car fatalities, heart disease, cancer and etc have all dropped down to just 24,690, how is that even realistic?

  • Hat
    19 August 2020 at 6:49 pm
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    Good for these students who are thinking for themselves and realizing that there is another very credible conclusion regarding the real reason for the masks and the fact that there are cons well as pros to wearing them. The right mask in the right place have a use, but widespread use by healthy people is bad for health and a very bad approach to controlling this flue outbreak.

    • RICHARD S GIESER
      19 August 2020 at 9:44 pm
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      Maybe if government and the media stopped lying so much people would believe them in matters like this C19 scam.

  • Al
    19 August 2020 at 7:06 pm
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    There is no evidence anywhere that masks or distancing have any effect whatsoever. Do some research half-wits.

  • RICHARD S GIESER
    19 August 2020 at 9:41 pm
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    Maybe if government and the media didn’t lie so much people would take them a little more serious.

  • Glen
    20 August 2020 at 1:09 am
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    Yes YES YES YES
    W.H.O. AND. OSHA. WEBSITES SAYS MASKS. ARE
    HARMFUL.CAUSE. HYPOXIA AND DON’T STOP VIRUSES
    THE CDC SAID MASKS WERE NOT NEEDED IN MARCH
    THEN CHANGED FOR NO REASON LATER

    I COMMEND THESE TUDENTS FOR NOT
    LISTENING TO
    OUR CORRUPT MIND CONTROLLING POLITICIANS

    WAKE. UP. AMERICA BEFORE ALL OUR RIGHTS ARE GONE

  • Emil Gamm
    20 August 2020 at 1:15 pm
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    They are adults,can take care of themselves. Maybe they will prove experts wrong. Or maybe they will be smart enough to get medical treatment rite away. Just think, it might wake up the rest of the population to stand on their own two feet and prove to uncle sam we can take care of our selves.

  • Glen M
    25 August 2020 at 6:24 am
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    How stupidly ignorant of college–local officials for BELIEVING OR JUST ACCEPTING WHAT’S TOLD TO THEM BY HIGHER UPs OR THEIR OWN IN MINDSET PARANOIA AND LISTENING THE COMMUNISTS FAKE.NEWS NBC ABC.CNN CBS ETC. WiTHOUT CHECKIng the OTHER SOURCES OUT THERE . LIKE INFOWARS .COM. DR RASHID A. BUTTAR, DR SHIVA AYYDUREI
    NEXT NEWS NETWORK TY&CHALENE BOLLINGER OR EVEN FOX NEWS
    Here are the facts. The death date or contrived death rate stats are 0.01to 0.03 % Deaths from this NONKILLER SO CALLED VIRUS. AND 94% RECOVERY. RATE WHOEVER GETS IT
    PEOPLE DUM OFFICIAL 94% +++ RECOVERY RATE LETS THAT SINK IN 94%++ RECOVERY RATE!!!
    SO I ‘VE BEEN CHECKING STATS ON THIS SINCE APRIL 2 2029 THE RATE HAS NOT CHANGED ( EXCEPT NEW YORK CITy THEY ARE KILLIN OLDER PEOPLE I GUESS ))
    ALSO NO MAJOR DUM NEWS CAST WILL. TELL YOU MASKS DON’T PREVENT VIRUS SPEADING AND THEY ARE HARMFUL AND CAN CAUSE HYPOXIA . THE W.HO. AND OSHA. WEBSITE SAY NOT TO. WEAR THEM. SO THERE. PARTY . ON STUDENTS. BUT FINALS WILL COME . LOL

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