The University’s COVID-19 dashboard reported ten positive cases since last Monday, with zero cases reported over Saturday and Sunday. These low numbers come a week after Dean of Students Allen Groves announced an increase in the indoor and outdoor gathering limits from six to 25 indoors and 25 to 75 outdoors, respectively.
Additionally, the dashboard shows that there are currently 14 active cases in the community, 10 being students and four being faculty and staff. As of today, the weekly average of new cases per day was one last week compared to five the week before. Specifically, the weekly average for students went from four new cases per day to one case per day. Faculty and staff also saw a drop in the weekly average number cases — from one to zero.
The positivity rate also experienced a drop compared to last week. On April 25, the positivity rate for the entire community was 0.26 percent whereas it is currently 0.09 percent. The same holds true for students, faculty and staff positivity rates. The current positivity rate for students is 0.07 percent. For faculty and staff, the positivity rate is 0.4 percent.
According to the Blue Ridge Health District portal, there were a total of seven cases over the weekend — five Saturday and two Sunday. As of Saturday, the seven-day moving average is 12.1 positive cases.
Given that Virginia is currently vaccinating all adults, 63,531 individuals in Albemarle County have received their first dose compared to 25,321 in Charlottesville. The University continues to vaccinate all students, faculty and staff. Additionally, in an email to students, the University announced that VDH is now offering a link to schedule a second dose for people who are no longer in the same location where they received their first dose.
Moreover, the University has announced that they are aligning University guidelines with the CDC in that a mask is no longer needed outdoors for vaccinated individuals, though the University’s policy specifies that this is only true where they can maintain social distancing. Administrators noted that this change in policy includes people walking or running outdoors, whether alone or with someone else.
The University’s COVID-19 tracker updates at 4 p.m. Monday through Friday while the BRHD portal updates by 10 a.m. daily.