Student COVID-19 cases near zero as semester reaches midpoint

first_imgprintUpdated Oct. 6 with latest numbers. Active COVID-19 cases among TCU students reached their lowest levels since the first week of classes Tuesday. The drop to 7 active cases, two on-campus and five off, comes a month after case numbers reached a high of 444 among students. That spike prompted concerns that the university would have to move to a fully online format. However, cases began steadily declining on Aug. 29 and have not risen since. Read more: ‘We literally cannot keep up’: Spike in COVID-19 cases prompts warning Twitter Linkedin Benton McDonald Welcome TCU Class of 2025 Facebook Chancellor talks stimulus money, COVID-19 vaccines and more at limited attendance faculty town hall Students enjoy the football game on Sept. 26, 2020. (Heesoo Yang/Staff Photographer) Benton McDonald is a senior journalism and political science double major from Austin, Texas. He has worked for TCU360 since his freshman year and is currently the executive editor. Twitter Benton McDonald Settlement reached between TCU, former professor in discrimination lawsuit Benton McDonald + posts center_img ReddIt Benton McDonald Thousands of TCU community members receive COVID-19 vaccines as university supply increases Vice Chancellor for Student Affairs Kathy Cavins-Tull said the rash of cases in the early weeks of the semester was caused by people moving back to campus from all over the nation and spreading the virus once they arrived. “The natural activities that occur when a school year begins likely contributed to the spread of the virus,” she said. The university sent out a number of emails to the student body asking them to cease gathering in large groups in the opening weeks of the semester. Cavins-Tull attributed the decline in cases to university testing protocols and student behavior. Group testing TCU focused on testing groups of students living together once a positive case was identified to mitigate the growth of “clusters.” Cavins-Tull said testing these groups and isolating the positive cases likely helped the university stop the spread. “We target tested any groups, mostly living units, where we began to see clusters forming,” she said. “Those testing positive were isolated and others who were close contacts quarantined.”Two Greek chapters were put under a blanket quarantine order during the second week of classes to help “slow the spread within membership.” Read more: Two sorority chapters to quarantine for two weeksTCU does not track the number of tests performed as part of their COVID-19 dashboard. Student behavior Student behavior has been identified as another cause for both declining cases and optimism that another spike won’t occur. “I definitely think that student behavior played a big part in managing the spread and it will continue to remain the biggest factor in our control of the spread of this virus,” Cavins-Tull said. Previous reporting by TCU 360 revealed concerns that students were not reporting positive test results to the university. Students living off campus are not required to report positive test results to the university, although local testing providers are asking for consent. If they refuse, the health department follows up with their case. Chancellor Victor Boschini said at a Faculty Senate meeting earlier this month that the university expects case numbers to fluctuate. Cavins-Tull agreed but said students can still be proactive to help stop the spread. “Probably the most important things we know from the health experts are to wear your mask, keep your hands clean and maintain some physical distance with others,” she said. “I think we’ve gotten pretty good at this by now.”She also mentioned the importance of sleep and regular eating as the academic workload increases around midterms. “Maintaining a commitment to wellness will help the immune system and that is important for fighting COVID and as we enter flu season,” Cavins-Tull said. The university will be offering their annual free flu shot clinic Oct. 7.Read more: Annual flu shot clinic to occur outside, by appointment next month Facebook Linkedin Board approves tuition freeze, RRI actions but doesn’t act on eligibility issue spurred by Williams World Oceans Day shines spotlight on marine plastic pollution Benton McDonald ReddIt TCU places second in the National Student Advertising Competition, the highest in school history Previous articleWhat we’re reading: Vice presidential debate tonight, Tanglewood schools move to in-person learningNext articleWhat we’re reading: Hurricane Delta could be updated to Category 4, Texas governor hints at bars reopening Benton McDonald RELATED ARTICLESMORE FROM AUTHORlast_img read more

Limerick Post leads in local newspaper circulation race

first_imgPrint Paid-for newspapers circulation takes a diveLATEST audited figures released by the UK-based Audit Bureau of Circulation (ABC) puts the Limerick Post in lead position having the highest circulation amongst the regions local newspapers. During a period when a substantial number of newspapers and particularly the paid-for newspapers are suffering uncomfortable declines in readership, circulation and advertising sales, Sign up for the weekly Limerick Post newsletter Sign Up the Limerick Post has again shown its strength by being the region’s biggest and most widely circulated local newspaper.ABC publishes its reports twice annually to monitor the accurate levels of newspaper circulation in both paid-for and free newspaper markets. Its circulation figures are the recognised gauge of factual newspaper circulation statistics.The report comes at a time of plummeting circulation in the sales of paid-for local newspapers. Countless local newspapers are experiencing falls of nearly 20 per cent in readership over the past two years.This tied with advertising sales figures in paid-for newspapers in free fall, as traditional newspapers like the Limerick Leader are being forced into massive restructuring which only recently led to the Limerick Leader transferring 19 jobs to the North of Ireland in a bid to survive.ABC also publishes the accepted sales and readership figures for all of the top national and international newspapers in Ireland and the UK.The Limerick Post total certified door-to-door circulation increased by a massive 1,620 a week to 16,693, plus it’s bulk circulation of 32,315 makes the Limerick Post the runaway leader in the race to be Limerick’s most read newspaper.Circulation figures for the Limerick Leader fell again to just 19,034 while figures for The Limerick Chronicle have not been reported for this period.The Limerick Independent has also failed to report bulk circulation figures for the second consecutive six-month period.Industry sources say that failure to report figures by newspapers that had previously done so is an indication of an even more dramatic fall in circulation than was earlier feared.Many newspapers have opted not to be certified by ABC, as they endeavour to conceal plummeting sales and circulation figures in a time of exceptional crisis for the media industry.The trend of decreasing circulation has intensified; with some papers no longer reporting figures, much evident in the latest results from ABC for Ireland’s local paid for newspapers. Industry sources are placing this failure to report figures down to the spectacular fall-off in circulation for many local paid-for newspapers throughout the country.The latest report from ABC, covering the period January to June 2009, confirms the alarming rate of decline for many local papers.However, the latest ABC figures show that the paid-for newspaper market in Ireland is suffering major losses in newspaper sales, advertising sales and more importantly readership.Many newspapers around the country are planning or have already implemented layoffs, wage cuts and working hour reductions in a bid to survive. Media owners are now trying to reduce staff numbers to sustainable levels.Previous loyal readers of the paid-for newspapers are reluctant to pay prices in excess of g2 for their weekly newspaper when there is so much free news available through free newspapers and local radio. Owned by the media industry, ABC independently verifies and reports on media performance, providing a major trading currency for media buyers and owners across print, events, digital and evolving platforms.To checkout the latest newspaper figures online go to  Previous articleGig of the weekNext articleHowlett, Mafi and Manning start for Munster’s opener admin Email Linkedin WhatsAppcenter_img Facebook NewsLocal NewsLimerick Post leads in local newspaper circulation raceBy admin – September 3, 2009 873 Twitter Advertisementlast_img read more