The University’s COVID-19 Tracker reported 12 new cases of COVID-19 in the University community between Sunday and Wednesday. Currently, there are 56 active cases of COVID-19 among students, faculty, staff and contracted employees. Active cases are those currently in isolation who have tested positive for the virus within the past 10 days. Among those with active cases, 43 are students and 13 are University faculty, staff or contract employees.
The daily average number of new cases among University faculty, staff and students was three from Oct. 25 through Oct. 28. The number of daily average new cases has remained below 10 since the week of Oct. 11.
A total of 5,041 tests were administered within the University community last week with 51 tests producing positive results — a positivity rate of 1.01 percent. Of these, 4,626 tests were students with 41 testing positive.
Currently there are 20 people with COVID-19 in the University Hospital. Tests administered through the hospital take an average of 19 hours to return.
Student isolation rooms are at 3 percent capacity, and quarantine rooms are at 5 percent capacity. Students living on Grounds who have been exposed to COVID-19 or tested positive for the virus have been moved to on-grounds quarantine rooms or isolation rooms in local hotels.
Regular testing continues among students living on-Grounds in University housing. At least once every nine days all students in University housing are tested using either a saliva test or the mid-nasal swab.
Overall, in the Thomas Jefferson Health District, there are 4,467 total cases of COVID-19 with 234 hospitalizations and 77 fatalities, according to the Thomas Jefferson Health District Portal.
The TJHD portal is updated every morning at 10 a.m., and the University’s COVID-19 Tracker is updated daily every Monday through Friday at 4 p.m.