UGA student Caroline Croucher told Channel 2 that bars have been an escape for her and her friends, but the coronavirus has not gone away. She recently became sick and tested positive.
“We were being careless because we weren’t wearing masks,” she said. “No one was wearing masks.”
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She wasn’t the only one in her group to contract COVID-19. Within days, seven other friends that went out with Croucher received positive test results.
“They were bedridden, could not go to work,” Croucher said.
Since the pandemic entered Georgia, Clarke County has had 490 cases and 15 deaths, according to the Georgia Department of Public Health.
Croucher said that bar employees all wore masks but virtually no patrons wore them. The spike in cases among younger populations has prompted Florida and Texas to close bars, but that has not happened in Georgia.
UGA, which plans to resume in-person classes in the fall, strongly encourages students to wear masks but does not require them.
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