National attention does not often pass over my local area, considering that I live in a small town in the middle of Georgia. However the last few weeks have helped change that math somewhat, culminating in the past two days of international news coverage due to the rise in local viral cases as relative to the population density. As even the most conservative estimates hold that ten percent of the student body of UGA is infected as of a week ago, and local social media is buzz with videos of secret parties and long lines downtown where no one is masked, the real numbers today are likely much higher.

It is this super-charged moment that is underscored by this event which happened today.

Here are some helpful headlines to place this activist moment in context:

CBS46: White House reports concern over UGA COVID-19 cases

GPB: In Responding To Coronavirus, Some Georgia Colleges Don’t Make The Grade

AP: COVID-19 infections leap again at University of Georgia

Flagpole: UGA Reopening Led to Massive Spike in COVID-19 Cases

WSB-TV: UGA reports over 1,400 new cases of COVID-19 on campus this week

Daily Mail: ‘We still have to attend class’: Anger of University of Georgia students as they are told they must keep going to school despite 1,400 new coronavirus cases in the past week