The University’s COVID Tracker reported 21 new cases of COVID-19 from tests conducted on Friday, Saturday and Sunday as the weeklong positivity rate dipped to 2.3 percent from 7.2 percent two weeks ago.
U.Va. also saw a major decrease in the number of active cases on and around Grounds. Monday’s update said that there were only 99 active cases in the University community, down from the 219 reported last Thursday.
While Saturday and Sunday caseloads are typically lower than the number of cases on weekdays, this is the lowest Friday, Saturday and Sunday caseload the University has had in recent weeks. Between Sept. 25 and Sept. 27, there were 81 new cases, and there were 55 new cases reported during the weekend from Oct. 2 to Oct. 4.
The seven-day moving average on the University COVID Tracker is currently at 12.71 positive cases per day while the Thomas Jefferson Health District COVID-19 Data Portal reported late last week that the seven-day moving average within the District was 15 new cases per day over the preceding week.
Last week marked the first time since Sept. 15 for U.Va. data and the first time since Aug. 21 for TJHD data that their moving averages were below 20 new cases per day.
The new numbers also showed reductions in the percentage of rooms occupied for both quarantine and isolation. Only 20 percent of the University’s quarantine rooms are occupied, down from 21 percent late last week, and only eight percent of isolation rooms are occupied, a decrease of one percent from Thursday.
The University extended its restrictions on gatherings and travel last week, citing a concern that numbers were “still a little high.” The restrictions may be discontinued next Wednesday.
The University COVID Tracker updates at 4 p.m. every weekday.