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Qualms Suffered by Parents of College Students
The University of Arizona is an integral part of life for
Tucsonans. I'm sure that this is true of college towns all across America.
The media here in Tucson is daily draped in a deep mourning
that permits each of us to celebrate the life of Luther "Lute" Olson, a
beloved coach-mentor in the lives of scores of young men and an inspiration
to all of us who felt engaged in his resounding lifetime success.
At the same time, parents, including those who sent 45,741
students here last year (2019) and parents who are sending an additional
6,569 students to the largest student body to ever attend the University of
Arizona, should be aware, if they are not already, of the existential threat
to all of us.
Less than two weeks after scenes of students were shown being
greeted at both old and newly constructed dorms, local health officials
noted an uptick in coronavirus cases.
On Saturday, September 12, 2020, what was termed a "spike" in
Covid-19 numbers, became a "surge" in infections overnight.
The U of A reported that testing revealed 1,148 positive cases
since July 31, 600 of which were diagnosed since July 1. Until yesterday,
there had been a steady decline in cases. That was before students
congregated at the businesses across from the University's Main Gate.
The head of the Pima County Health Department and President of
the University are mulling measures to deal with a situation that threatens
to become a panic if not stemmed.
-Phil Richardson, Storyteller and Observer of the Human Condition