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Coronavirus in Texas

UT-Austin prepared a list of scenarios that could lead to a shutdown this fall. One trigger: a student dying of COVID-19.

Other reasons UT-Austin would close include “significant actions” by the governor or other public officials, sharply diminished hospital capacity, testing shortages on campus and unmanageable, widespread clusters of cases.

The University of Texas at Austin tower on July 16, 2020.

“While it may not have a massive impact on students themselves, they go back to their own communities. It’s just adding fuel to this transmission cycle that is then difficult to get under control.”

— Jill Weatherhead, professor of tropical medicine and infectious diseases at Baylor College of Medicine

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