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Monday, October 26
College enrollment numbers are mixed as the pandemic continues to keep campuses closed and classes online.
Hardest hit by the pandemic are community colleges where enrollment is down.
“We’re very concerned about it, particularly as it relates to any loss of enrollment for our most vulnerable student populations,” said Eloy Ortiz Oakley, chancellor of California’s Community Colleges. “We’ll have more data come November, but right now we’re probably looking at around a 5% to 7% decrease in enrollment thus far.”
And that’s the trend nationwide for community colleges, according to numbers from the National Student Clearing House. Analysts say it may be because students want the in-person classroom experience and don’t want to pay for online courses.
It’s a different story for four-year colleges, however. Nationwide, the numbers are relatively unchanged.
And they’re actually up for the California State University system. CSU enrolled its largest-ever student body for the fall 2020 term: 485,549 students.
“That is almost 3,600 more than last year which saw an enrollment of about 482,000 students,” said Mike Uhlenkamp with CSU.
Among other things, he credits the effort campuses have been making to boost retention rates.
“So we had more students also returning year-over-year which led also to the enrollment,” Uhlenkamp said.
Sacramento State says it enrolled a record number of students this fall, just over 31,500, about 350 more than last year. Meanwhile, UC Davis says it’s also admitting a record number of undergraduates for fall 2020 – nearly 46,000, up 13.6 percent from a year ago.
California has 901,000 confirmed COVID-19 cases to date, with 2,981 newly recorded confirmed cases on Sunday, according to the latest numbers from the California Department of Public Health.
Deaths in the state total 17,357 since the start of the pandemic.
There have been over 17 million COVID-19 tests done in the state, with an increase of 194,944 from the previous day.
According to the latest numbers, Latinx people in the state make up about 61% of all COVID-19 infections and 48% of all deaths. Latinx, African Americans, Native Hawaiians, and Pacific Islanders are dying at disproportionately higher levels. More males are also dying from COVID-19 than females, which is in line with national trends.
As of Sunday, Oct. 25, there were 43,663 confirmed positive cases in health care workers and 200 deaths statewide.
Deaths per day from the coronavirus in the U.S. are on the rise again, just as health experts had feared, according to the Associated Press.
Cases are climbing in nearly every state, despite assurances from President Donald Trump over the weekend that “we’re rounding the turn, we’re doing great.” Average deaths per day across the country rose 10% over the past two weeks.
According to Johns Hopkins University, deaths per day have risen from 721 to nearly 794 as of Sunday. Confirmed infections per day are rising in 47 states, and fatalities are up in 34 states.
Nevada has reported more than 1,000 known additional COVID-19 cases on Saturday, while Washoe County alone reported 350 cases on Friday, according to the Associated Press.
With the additional 1,146 cases and five deaths reported by the Department of Health and Human Services, the state’s totals are now 94,812 coronavirus cases, with 1,743 deaths. This is the first time since mid-August that the state has reported more than 1,000 cases.
The last time the state reported such a large number was on Aug. 14, totaling 1,099. While the average number of newly reported daily cases across the state has declined this week, Washoe County reported 350 new cases on Friday.
Statewide positivity rates, which measures community transmission, climbed to their highest levels since the start of September. On Thursday, the positivity rate of 9.6% was the highest it’s been since a 9.8% rate on Sept. 2. The rate has been on the rise since dipping to 6.5% in mid-September.
The Associated Press analyzed data from Johns Hopkins University that showed increases in seven-day rolling averages for daily new cases and positivity rates from the coronavirus. Nevada officials said they may release its COVID-19 vaccination rollout plan soon.
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