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How 65 student COVID-19 cases at WVU became one overnight

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By Bill Schackner, Pittsburgh Post-Gazette

September 25, 2020

At West Virginia University, 65 students infected with COVID-19 were housed inside Arnold Apartments, a campus residence, as of Sept. 15.

But by the next day, the number was down to one — at least in the eyes of the state.

It wasn’t a miraculous recovery, but, instead, a change in how West Virginia Gov. Jim Justice chooses to count cases involving college students isolating on campus under one roof. His administration says the new math better reflects reality in counties where the presence of a large university can skew infection numbers.

Others, though, argue that it’s like pretending the cases aren’t there.

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