To stay home or not to stay, college students share how they’re making holiday plans amid pandemic

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EDINBURG, Texas (KVEO) — The Centers for Control and Prevention (CDC) suggested college students returning home for the holidays “pose a varying level of risk.” But jus how much are college students letting that information affect their holiday plans?

Some students at the University of Texas Rio Grande Valley (UTRGV) are not basing their final plans for the holiday break on COVID-19 numbers. 

Freshman Cecilia Espinoza says she is planning to go to one of her family members’ house this week to celebrate Thanksgiving. 

“I’m going to drive up to my aunt’s house. She lives around the area and my family has driven six hours away,” said Espinoza. 

However, Freshman Micheal Campbell, from Connecticut, won’t be going home for Thanksgiving, but will be going back for Christmas.

“I’m staying down here, it’s pretty nice down here at least I get the warm weather,” said Campbell.

Junior International student Luz Rovledo, from Mexico, says and although she would like to go home she doesn’t have that option.

“I can’t go because the bridge is closed, so I won’t see my family until December,” said Rovledo. 

Steven Gonzalez is also a Junior at the university and is choosing to stay on campus because of COVID-19. 

“I’m just going to stay at home in my apartment with my roommate and we’re just going to celebrate Thanksgiving together,” Gonzalez said. “We both are trying to be safe and we have elderly family members and we don’t want to expose them to anything.”

UTRGV released the following statement:

If you do travel and plan to visit one of UTRGV’s campuses or sites when you get back, the university asks that you first review the Daily Self-Screening/Reporting Process.

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