The daily average number of new cases of COVID-19 in the University community dropped to 14 this week, after four weeks of daily averages at or above 20. Last week, from Sept. 27 to Oct. 3, the University recorded an average of 26 new cases of COVID-19 per day.
The decreasing daily average comes on the heels of the University’s Sept. 23 implementation of strict COVID-19 guidelines which mandate mask-wearing, restrict travel to and from Charlottesville and prohibit gatherings greater than five. The guidelines will stay in place until at least Oct. 21, the University announced Tuesday.
"We should all be pleased by a decline in cases of COVID-19 within our community and by the steps members of this community are taking to limit the spread of the virus," University spokesperson Brian Coy said in an email to The Cavalier Daily. "As Dean Groves said earlier this week, we are encouraged by the trends we are seeing, however we must remain vigilant and continue to do the right things to keep ourselves and others safe, like wearing masks, maintaining physical distance, and limiting the size of gatherings."
The new guidelines were implemented amid a week that saw a daily average of 23 new cases of COVID-19 from Sept. 20 to Sept. 26. The week prior, from Sept. 13 to Sept. 19, there were an average of 27 new cases per day.
The daily average of new cases of COVID-19 was last below 20 from the week of Aug. 30 to Sept. 5, when an average of 15 new cases of COVID-19 were recorded per day in the University community.