The college coronavirus meltdown

Driving the news: Colleges and universities have found at least 51,000 coronavirus cases already, according to the New York Times. Illinois State University, the University of South Carolina, Auburn University, the University of Alabama and the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill have all reported more than 1,000 cases.

Many colleges are sending students home in response to outbreaks — which infectious disease expert Anthony Fauci called the “worst thing you could do,” per ABC News.

White House coronavirus response coordinator Deborah Birx urged students to isolate at college. “Do not return home if you’re positive and spread the virus to your family, your aunts, your uncles, your grandparents.”

Some states with rising case counts overall are also those with large numbers of college cases, as my colleagues reported last week.