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U.Va. COVID-19 tracker reports 142 active cases in the University community, 116 of which are students

All students living in the Charlottesville-Albemarle area are required to report for weekly testing this semester

<p>Of the positive tests last week, 94 were student tests and 19 were employee tests, in comparison with 73 positive student tests and 28 positive employee tests two weeks ago.&nbsp;</p>

Of the positive tests last week, 94 were student tests and 19 were employee tests, in comparison with 73 positive student tests and 28 positive employee tests two weeks ago. 

There are currently 142 active cases of COVID-19, 16 of which were diagnosed Wednesday, according to the University's COVID-19 tracker. There are 119 active cases of COVID-19 among students, bringing the total number to 1,523 since Aug. 23.

Between Jan. 31 and Feb. 3, the daily average of new student cases decreased to 11 from a daily average of 13 during the week of Jan. 24 to Jan. 30. In the same time periods, the daily average of total cases in the University community decreased from 16 to 13 per day.

While the number of tests administered decreased to 10,866 last week from 11,250 two weeks ago, the number of positive cases increased from 101 to 113.

This semester, all students living in the Charlottesville-Albemarle area are required to report for testing on a weekly basis, and faculty and staff can also undergo voluntary asymptomatic testing during walk-in testing hours. If a student fails to comply with mandatory testing,  one of four punishments — ranging from a warning to interim suspension — will be instituted. In addition, students are required to wear masks outside of their residences, adhere to a six-person gathering limit and follow Governor Ralph Northam’s executive order.

Of the positive tests last week, 94 were student tests and 19 were employee tests, in comparison with 73 positive student tests and 28 positive employee tests two weeks ago. 

Three patients were admitted to U.Va Health with COVID-19 Wednesday, bringing the current total of hospitalizations related to COVID-19 to 45. On average, it is taking the hospital lab about 12 hours to complete a COVID-19 test. 

The University quarantines students living in on-Grounds housing who have been exposed to someone who tested positive for COVID-19 and isolates those who have tested positive for COVID-19. As of Thursday, the University is using 7 percent of quarantine rooms and 2 percent of isolation rooms. 

U.Va. Health is relying on a 600-member vaccination team — made up of volunteers nurses, physicians, and School of Nursing faculty — to distribute vaccinations to eligible members of the Charlottesville community. The team distributes up to 1,300 vaccinations per day.

The Blue Ridge Health Portal reports 38 confirmed cases of COVID-19 within the past 24 hours and currently has 10,985 total cases. 3,979 cases are from Albemarle, while 2,761 cases are from Charlottesville.

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