According to the University’s COVID-19 Tracker, there are currently 66 active cases of COVID-19 in the community — a metric that includes students, faculty, staff and contracted employees. There were 13 positive test results on Wednesday and 15 positive test results on Tuesday, marking an increase from the previous week where the number of positive test results did not exceed 10 on any single day. Active cases represent individuals who tested positive during the past 10 days.
The average number of new cases in the University community last week was six cases per day, while the daily average for this week is nine new cases. The daily average number of new cases among students was three cases per day last week and currently stands at seven cases per day this week.
In an email update to students, University Provost Liz Magill and Chief Operating Officer J.J. Davis acknowledged the increase in cases and emphasized the importance of staying vigilant as the semester comes to a close.
“The University and the Charlottesville community are experiencing a slight uptick in positive cases that we must manage in order to finish the semester successfully,” the email read. “We are monitoring this very carefully in real time, and we hope we do not have to consider additional restrictions.”
Cases have been increasing across the United States. According to John Hopkins University´s Coronavirus Resource Center, there were 144,133 new cases reported Wednesday and 1,893 deaths, bringing the total number of cases to 10,400,277. This marked the highest number of infections in a single day on record. The daily average number of deaths this week has also risen above 1,000 for the first time since August.
As of Thursday, the country’s seven-day positivity rate averaged 8.7 percent. The seven-day positivity rate in Virginia is 6.5 percent.
Quarantine and isolation rooms are currently at 2 percent and 1 percent occupancy, respectively. Individuals who have been exposed to COVID-19 are housed in quarantine rooms while individuals who have tested positive are housed in isolation rooms.
There are currently 24 patients with COVID-19 at U.Va. Hospital, with two new admissions on Wednesday. The time it takes to complete a test at the hospital lab is 18 hours on average.
Since Aug. 17, there have been a total of 1,181 positive cases in the University, with students accounting for 1,020 of those cases.
The Thomas Jefferson Health District Data Portal reports 4,761 total cases, 254 total hospitalizations and 79 fatalities in the district, which includes Charlottesville and five other surrounding counties. Charlottesville has had the most cases and fatalities in the district, with 1,713 total cases and 31 fatalities.
The University updates its COVID-19 Tracker every weekday, Monday through Friday at 4 p.m. and the TJHD Data Portal is updated daily at 10 a.m.