SEC opens season with COVID-19 infection rates double the national average

Daily new coronavirus cases in SEC counties tumbled during the past week but remain high compared to the rest of the country.

9/25/2020 5:02:00 PM

Daily new coronavirus cases in SEC counties tumbled during the past week but remain high compared to the rest of the country.

Daily new coronavirus cases in SEC counties tumbled during the past week but remain high compared to the rest of the country.

The Southeastern Conference hasn't played a down of football in the 2020 season, but the SEC has seven teams ranked in thetop 25 of the Amway Coaches Poll.The SEC also dominates another top 25 list: the most COVID-19 infection rates among counties with Power Five football programs. Those nine schools include the Florida Gators, who rank in the top six of both lists.

Harry Styles Invests In OVG-Managed Arena in Manchester, U.K. Ariana Grande Is Now on TikTok: See Her First Two Videos Trump federal salary adviser quits post over executive order reclassifying workers

COVID-19 and the commitment to start the season leaves the conference in a precarious position aswith most of their stands filled to 20-25% capacity."I still am in the hold-my-breath moment — a bit,” SEC Commissioner Greg Sankey said this week.

The good news for SEC teams and fans is that the average daily new cases per 100,000 residents in their counties declined by 32% this week to 25.8 — nearly double the national average of 13.4."I was really surprised to see that the numbers have declined drastically in SEC counties combined and individually, as well, in 13 counties," said Pooja Naik, a master of public health candidate at Emory's Rollins School of Public Health, who conducted the data analysis for USA TODAY. 

Still, Naik says she worries about the thousands of fans shouting together in"the same air space" and potentially driving infection rates up again."We need to understand that numbers going down does not necessarily give us a green signal to stop social distancing and stop using masks," Naik said."It wouldn’t be surprising to see a completely different picture from our data next week."

The numbers, though, are similarly encouraging around the country. About two-thirds of the counties with Power Five programs saw their daily COVID-19 cases decrease during the past week. SEC schools are highlighted, below, in red.Beyond the SEC, COVID-19 will be a significant storyline throughout ACC matchups this weekend.

Wake Forest's game with No. 7 Notre Dame has already been postponed to Dec. 12because of an outbreak on Notre Dame's team that has 13 players in isolation and another 10 in quarantine.A COVID-19 diagnosis sidelined Florida State's new coach Mike Norvell from his team's game with state rival 

14th-ranked Miami in Miami-Dade County. Miami Dade has nearly triple (39.5) the national average of daily new infections.On the other end of the coronavirus spectrum, the University of Virginia will likely open its season against on Duke on Saturday after

Kushner disparages Black Americans’ concerns of inequality as ‘complaining' Why the coronavirus outbreak in Pence's office is so striking GOP US Senate candidate Jason Lewis rushed into surgery

its three previously scheduled games were postponed by COVID-19. Case rates in both schools' home counties are nearly half the national average.  Read more: USA TODAY »

More than 58 million Americans have already voted

President Donald Trump and former Vice President Joe Biden are racing toward Nov. 3 with more rallies and concerts on Sunday.

So you're saying the SEC is more virus-prone? Young, healthy athletes. The real question is how many are getting so sick they get hospitalized (or die). Lot of recoveries Are we really still doing this?

Daily coronavirus cases near three-month low in Australia's COVID-19 hotspotAustralia's Victoria state, the epicentre of the country's COVID-19 outbreak, said on Thursday the number of new daily infections was close to a three-month low, buoying hopes that restrictions will be eased sooner than expected. Masks work

Booking Holdings CEO opens up about COVID-19 battle, state of travel - Business InsiderBusiness Insider is a fast-growing business site with deep financial, media, tech, and other industry verticals. Launched in 2007, the site is now the largest business news site on the web.

Top adviser steps aside from FDA COVID-19 vaccine reviews over potential conflictNEW: A physician who heads the FDA vaccine advisory cmte. has recused herself from the panel's review of Covid-19 vaccines because of her role overseeing a clinical trial for Moderna Inc's candidate, her spokeswoman says.

Missouri Gov. Mike Parson Tests Positive For COVID-19 After Shunning MasksHis wife, Teresa Parson, also tested positive for the coronavirus. This KC born-and-bred girlie stares deeply into the camera for effect Boo f'ing hoo

WHO calls for countries to act against misinformation during the Covid-19 pandemicDuring a United Nations General Assembly event, the World Health Organization and partner organizations called on all countries to put national action plans in place to promote science-based health information and to combat misinformation Isn’t that special.. the WHO, that didn’t use science based decisions in Jan and Feb with COVID, now calling for battling misinformation! Really! They killed 10s of thousands with their delays, China propaganda, etc... got rid of these people! The WHO...the China puppet that was complicit with releasing this virus on the world. Misinformation... really? From the WHO and this lying a**hole! They lied to the world about the ChinaVirus from the get-go. You don’t remember that CNNFakeNews? I believe in anything from the WHO as much as I would believe any so-called journalism spewed from CNN.

Missouri Gov. Mike Parson Tests Positive For COVID-19 After Shunning MasksBREAKING: Missouri Gov. Mike Parson, who has opposed mandatory mask rules, has tested positive for COVID-19, according to state health officials. He’ll be fine. Man I’m laughing at the Irony