A California University Tries to Shield an Entire City From Coronavirus
Shawn Hubler, The New York Times
Last fall, universities were accused of enabling the pandemic’s spread by bringing back students who then endangered local residents, mingling with them in bars, stores, and apartments. So the University of California, Davis is trying something different: providing free testing, masks, and quarantine housing to tens of thousands of people who live nearby.
It has also trained dozens of graduate students to help with contact tracing and hired some 275 undergraduate ambassadors to combat health disinformation and hand out free masks.
Public health experts say the initiative is the most ambitious program of its type in the country and could be a model for other universities.