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U.Va. COVID-19 tracker reports 108 new cases over the last four days

The current seven-day average for new cases is 36.14 cases per day, the highest seven-day average since the tracker started Aug. 17

The University recorded 108 new COVID-19 cases Thursday through Sunday, bringing the total number of cases since Jan. 1 to 613. Of these cases, 276 cases are currently active. The current seven-day average for new cases is 36.14 cases per day, the highest seven-day average ever since the tracker began reporting cases Aug. 17. 

This increase comes after the University announced on Friday the presence of the U.K. COVID-19 variant in the community — which is more contagious and spreads more easily — and extended the six-person gathering limit. Community members are also now encouraged to wear three-ply masks. 

Forty-five new cases were reported on Thursday, 46 on Friday, 5 on Saturday and 12 on Sunday. The University averaged 34 cases a day last week, a significant increase from the 11 average daily cases the week before. All 12 new cases recorded yesterday were student cases. 

There are currently 11 active faculty and staff cases, bringing the total number of faculty and staff who have tested positive this spring to 188. The total number of student cases this spring is 425, and 265 of these are currently active. 

The current seven-day positivity rate in the University community is 1.41 percent while the positivity rate for students is 1.51 percent. The community positivity rate last Monday was 0.76 percent. 

The University added 200 new quarantine beds over the weekend. Currently, 23 percent of quarantine beds and 19 percent of isolation beds are full. Quarantine beds are for those who have been exposed to somebody who tested positive for COVID-19, whereas isolation beds are for those who tested positive themselves. 

U.Va. Health admitted six new hospital patients Sunday, with 40 people currently hospitalized with COVID-19 in total. The current seven-day average for hospitalizations is five new hospitalizations per day

All students are required to undergo mandatory, weekly prevalence testing. Those who fail to comply with testing requirements will be subject to disciplinary actions, up to an interdisciplinary suspension if someone misses four times. Faculty and staff can undergo voluntary asymptomatic testing at any time. 

Currently, it takes 10 hours on average to complete a test. 171 students were tested Sunday, and the current seven-day testing average for students is 2,324 tests per day. 

The Blue Ridge Health District — which encompasses Charlottesville and Albemarle County — recorded 37 new COVID-19 cases Monday, bringing the total number of cases in the district to 11,842. Currently, 496 people are hospitalized with COVID-19 in the district.

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