Briefing, September 8, 2020

Today’s data reflects a large proportion of positive test results among a small number of test results returned over the Labor Day weekend. Just 93 student test results were reported yesterday from on-campus testing compared to a daily average last week of 1,146. Among these, 21 student test results were positive. This includes 11 for students living in residence halls and 10 for students who live off campus. The positive test rate among students for today’s on-campus testing results is 22.5 percent. The 7-day average is 5.7 percent.

We expect more results to come in through the week as testing reopens following the holiday weekend.

As of Monday, September 7, all undergraduate students have been directed to significantly limit their in-person interactions for the next 14 days. Adherence to these restrictions is intended to reverse the concerning rise in cases seen over the last week. However, due to the nature of the virus, these effects will not become apparent immediately. We expect it could take 10to14 days to see the impact of this directive.

Additionally, students living in fraternity and sorority chapter houses are undergoing compulsory testing this week, including those under mandatory quarantine. These results will also be reflected in the dashboard as they come in later this week.

Testing statistics from the last few days continue to rise and threaten our ability to continue a semester where campus is open to students. The health and wellbeing of our community is the top priority.


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