Wednesday, May 3, 2023

COVID outbreak sweeps Drake campus days after Relays

(Radio Iowa) – The Drake Relays attract an international roster of athletes and spectators to Drake University every year, but last week’s event left the Des Moines campus with something extra — an outbreak of COVID-19. What’s billed as America’s Athletic Classic is considered one of the nation’s top track and field events, drawing some five-thousand high school, college and elite-level competitors and 40-thousand fans.

The 113th annual event ran last Thursday through Saturday and university officials are now reporting at least 76 Drake students have tested positive for COVID-19. Finals start next week at Drake and all instructors are being told to use their best judgment as to whether to hold the remaining classes — and those finals — online or in-person.


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