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  • Mathematically Modeling the Transmission of COVID-19 at Eckerd College

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Mathematically Modeling the Transmission of COVID-19 at Eckerd College

Prof. Fox, Alyssa Bernstein & Madyson Woodburn

Abstract

The COVID-19 pandemic has posed many challenges for colleges and universities around the world. Schools must maintain their academic standards while also implementing a strong response to the virus. In particular, small liberal arts colleges, such as Eckerd College in St. Petersburg, FL, have limited housing space available but must provide enough quarantine beds to support a small outbreak.


In this study, we constructed an epidemiological model that uses a system of ordinary differential equations to describe the dynamics of transmission of COVID-19 on Eckerd College’s campus. The classes of the model include susceptible, asymptomatic, infectious, and recovered, as well as three different quarantine classes used to incorporate Eckerd’s testing approach. The goal of the model is to estimate the number of quarantine beds Eckerd College will need.