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College Forcing College students With COVID to Depart Sparks Republican Anger

The Republican-led Choose Subcommittee on the Coronavirus Pandemic launched a probe this week into the College of Maryland’s COVID-19 coverage for college kids.

“Choose Subcommittee on the Coronavirus Pandemic Chairman Brad Wenstrup (R-Ohio) has joined forces with all Majority Members to make clear coercive and doubtlessly dangerous COVID-19 insurance policies which can be reemerging on the College of Maryland,” the subcommittee wrote in a press launch on Friday. “Below the College’s new directive, Maryland college students who take a look at constructive for COVID-19 are to be instantly faraway from their dorms and compelled into isolation, both at a close-by resort or by boarding a flight dwelling—presumably at their very own expense.”

A spokesperson for the College of Maryland confirmed to Newsweek on Friday that they’d acquired a letter from the Choose Subcommittee.

“All through the pandemic, the College of Maryland has made selections that prioritize the security of our neighborhood and designed insurance policies in full alignment with native and nationwide public well being steerage,” the spokesperson advised Newsweek. “Through the public well being emergency and in the present day, we keep targeted on the well being and security of our neighborhood.”

A COVID-19 testing tent sits alongside a Manhattan road on March 09, 2023, in New York Metropolis. On October 13, 2023, the GOP-led Home Choose Subcommittee on the Coronavirus Pandemic introduced an investigation into the College of Maryland’s COVID-19 coverage.
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Over the previous few months, the GOP-led Choose Subcommittee on the Coronavirus Pandemic has continued to research points regarding COVID-19, such because the origins of the novel virus and the way totally different states responded to the pandemic.

In accordance with the College of Maryland’s college well being heart, college students who take a look at constructive and reside in “residence halls or college owned fraternity and sorority homes might want to isolate at their everlasting dwelling or one other off-campus location in the event that they take a look at constructive.”

“The college doesn’t present designated isolation housing on campus,” the college well being heart says.

College students who take a look at constructive for COVID-19 are allowed to finish their isolation on the sixth day if they have been fever-free and with out fever remedy for twenty-four hours; signs have been resolved and so they obtain a detrimental COVID-19 take a look at consequence.

In a press release saying the probe, Wenstrup stated, “Maryland appears to be reinstituting the identical detrimental insurance policies it applied in the course of the starting of the pandemic on the expense of its college students…presumably, it is the scholars’ dad and mom—not your college—which can be footing the invoice, which begs the query of how Maryland spent the federal Coronavirus {dollars} it acquired.”

In March, the Choose Subcommittee heard testimony from epidemiologist Dr. Tracy Beth Hoeg who spoke about college closures and COVID-19 mitigation measures.

“We do have some good information that was printed within the Journal of the American Medical Affiliation exhibiting that there was a major affiliation between social closures and rising psychological well being points similar to anxiousness and despair. And we’ve got information exhibiting elevated suicide charges as properly within the Journal of Pediatrics that particularly affected males—adolescent males and youthful males as properly. The rise actually began in the summertime and fall of 2020, these suicide charges,” Hoeg stated.