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U.Va. records lower COVID-19 cases as restrictions ease

The University saw one COVID-19 case Feb. 28

The seven-day average positivity rate has continued to trend down and is currently at 1.12 percent.
The seven-day average positivity rate has continued to trend down and is currently at 1.12 percent.

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The University’s COVID-19 tracker recorded one new COVID-19 case yesterday, continuing a downward trend from the spike two weeks ago. 16 new cases were recorded Thursday, 34 Friday and 13 Saturday. 

Following 122 new cases on Feb. 15, a record at the time, the University banned all in-person gatherings. The University had a seven-day average of 112.3 new cases a day Feb. 20 after reporting new record-breaking highs of 230 and 174 new cases on Feb. 16 and Feb. 17, respectively. The restrictions were lifted Friday after cases started to decline last week, and the University returned to its previous six-person gathering limit. Students, however, are encouraged to stick to social bubbles, and indoor dining will remain limited to groups of two. 

Last week, the University averaged 29 cases per day. The one case from yesterday came from a student, bringing the total number of active student cases to 319. There are currently 10 active faculty and staff cases. 

The seven-day average positivity rate has continued to trend down and is currently at 1.12 percent. 

The University administered 2,548 COVID-19 tests Feb. 28 and has now administered a total of 190,823 tests since the school year began. It currently takes 11 hours on average to get a test result back. 

Currently, 16 percent of quarantine beds are full and 6 percent of isolation beds are full. Quarantine beds are reserved for on-Grounds students who have been exposed to the virus while isolation beds are for on-Grounds students who have tested positive.

U.Va. Hospital admitted 3 new patients Feb. 28. The current seven-day average is 6.14 new hospitalizations per day. 

The Blue Ridge Health District recorded 36 new COVID-19 cases Monday, bringing the total number of cases in the district to 13,255.

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