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U.Va. reports 55 new cases of COVID-19 over the weekend

Altogether, 895 cases have been reported to the University since Aug. 17, of which 247 are active

The University’s COVID-19 Tracker reported a total of 55 new positive cases since Thursday, according to Monday’s update. There are currently 247 active cases in the University community. According to U.Va.’s dashboard, there was an average of 26 cases per day last week, including positive test results from the weekend.

In the University community — which includes students, faculty, staff and contracted workers — 45 individuals tested positive on Friday, 10 on Saturday and zero on Sunday. Sunday was the first time zero cases have been reported on any given day since data collection on the tracker began.

The tracker reported that there were three new hospitalizations on Sunday for a total of 25 hospitalizations. As of Monday at 2:47 p.m., there are 17 inpatients at U.Va. Health confirmed with COVID-19 — nine of whom are in the Intensive Care Special Pathogens Unit, seven in the Acute Care Special Pathogens Unit and one in the Surgical Trauma Intensive Care Unit — according to an update sent to U.Va. Health employees obtained by The Cavalier Daily. An additional seven inpatients confirmed with COVID-19 are being treated on ventilators at U.Va. Health.

The occupancy of quarantine rooms set aside by the University decreased by nine percent while the percentage of isolation rooms remained the same since the tracker’s last refresh on Oct. 2.

On Monday, residents of the Lile-Maupin first-year dorm were notified that the University is conducting asymptomatic prevalence testing after five residents tested positive and wastewater testing indicated early signs of possible infections. Lile-Maupin is the fifth dorm to undergo mandatory testing, as at least 16 cases were identified in Hancock, 15 in Balz-Dobie, 11 in Kellogg and six in Echols over the past month.

Last week, a total of 183 tests yielded positive results out of the 2,539 tests administered, a percent positivity of 7.2 percent. The tracker indicates that it takes 23 hours on average to complete a lab test result.

According to the Thomas Jefferson Health District Portal, the Charlottesville community-at-large currently has had a total of 3,808 cases with 192 individuals hospitalized and 71 fatalities thus far.

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. 

This article has been updated to include information from U.Va. Health.

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