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FSU sees fewer positive COVID-19 cases in students

Posted at 6:14 PM, Sep 22, 2020
and last updated 2020-09-22 18:14:05-04

TALLAHASSEE, Fla. (WTXL) — Florida State University is seeing fewer positive coronavirus test results in students after a spike in the past few weeks.

FSU credits students' commitment to social distancing guidelines for the improvement they're seeing but says they can't stop those practices if they want to continue this trend.

The university has been monitoring campus numbers since August 2 with 1,402 student cases total.

There are 172 new student cases since last week's dashboard update. The week before, there were over 400 new cases.

FSU said the spike was expected and asked students to follow guidelines.

President John Thrasher followed that up with disciplinary action by the University if these rules were not followed.

Students say they believe their peers are finally listening.

"Recently we've gotten a couple of emails saying we need to be a little more careful and I think students have actually responded to it and they're wearing their masks wherever they go and groups are less than 10 now," said Alaina Young, a freshman at FSU.

Young says she was worried after FSU's first home game, seeing the crowd and parties off-campus.

FSU's Director of Student Affairs Amy Hecht released a statement saying, "This downward trend of COVID-19 positive cases is encouraging, the campus community needs to remain committed to stopping the spread of the virus."

Students say they hope this trend will continue so they won't have to resort to closing the campus.