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U.Va. reports 11 new cases of COVID-19 over the weekend

Since Aug. 17, 1033 cases of COVID-19 have been reported, of which 56 of which are active

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The University’s Return to Grounds COVID tracker reported 11 new cases of COVID-19 since Thursday. There are currently 56 active cases in the University community. According to the dashboard, there was an average of around seven cases per day last week, including the newly reported positive test results from the weekend.

The seven-per-day average is down from an average of 26 cases per day two weeks ago.

Among members of the University community — which includes students, faculty, staff and contracted workers — seven individuals tested positive on Friday, three on Saturday and one on Sunday. 

The tracker reported that there were six new hospitalizations, five on Friday and one on Sunday.  24 people are currently actively hospitalized with COVID-19.

As of Friday at 1:56 p.m., there were 25 inpatients at U.Va. Health confirmed with COVID-19 — 11 of whom were in the Intensive Care Special Pathogens Unit and 10 in the Acute Care Special Pathogens Unit — according to an update sent to U.Va. Health employees obtained by The Cavalier Daily. 11 inpatients confirmed with COVID-19 were also being treated on ventilators at U.Va. Health.

The occupancy of quarantine rooms has fallen to six percent, while the percentage of students in isolation rooms has dropped to five percent. 

Last week, a total of 4,274 tests — a new weekly high —  yielded 52 positive tests, a percent positivity of 1.2 percent. According to the tracker, the average time for a test to be completed is 22 hours.

The number of COVID-19 cases in the Thomas Jefferson Health District has continued to decrease. The seven-day-moving average has fallen to 12.86 cases-per-day from a high of 50.71 on Sept. 15. 

Last week, the University announced that students are now allowed to gather in groups of up to 10 people, an increase from previous restrictions which limited gatherings to five people or less.

Additionally, the University announced plans to test all residential students at least every nine days. Residential students will be asked to either submit to a saliva test or a nasal swab test on a regularly scheduled basis. The University began its new prevalence testing earlier this month, which uses saliva samples to procure rapid results across the University community. 557 tests were conducted within the first week.

The University’s COVID-19 Tracker is updated at 4 p.m. every weekday, and the THJD Data Dashboard is updated by 10 a.m. daily. 

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