The University launched a COVID-19 dashboard Wednesday to track the spread of COVID-19 within the community.
According to the dashboard, there have been 58 total positive cases of COVID-19 among students, faculty, staff and contract employees since Aug. 17. 31 of those cases were among students.
The dashboard also tracks what percentage of student quarantine and isolation rooms are occupied. While quarantine rooms exist to house international students who are required by federal law to quarantine for 14 days upon entering the U.S., isolation dorms will accommodate students who have tested positive for COVID-19. As of Thursday, 5 percent of quarantine rooms and 0 percent of isolation rooms are occupied.
Finally, the dashboard also includes information from U.Va. Health. According to the dashboard, the hospital’s testing lab has taken 18 hours to complete a lab test in the last week, on average.
Classes began online Aug. 25 and in-person instruction is set to begin Sept. 8, while move-in for undergraduates who plan to live on Grounds will start five days earlier. This is a two-week delay from the University’s original plan that was announced in response to an increase in positive cases of COVID-19 locally and nationally.
In order to return to on Grounds housing and attend in-person classes, students are required to submit a negative COVID-19 test or attest to self-quarantining for 10 days after submitting a positive test. About 20,000 students requested self-administered viral PCR kits from the University vendor Lets Get Checked. So far, 36 of the almost 13,000 students who returned tests have tested positive.