The Cavalier Daily
Serving the University Community Since 1890

34 new cases this week bring total caseload this fall to 768

Eight patients were hospitalized with COVID-19 Thursday

34 cases of COVID-19 were reported this week, bringing the total caseload this fall to 768. 

Of the 34 active cases, 19 are students while 15 are members of the faculty and staff, according to the University’s COVID-19 tracker

The seven-day average positivity rate this week was 1.37 percent, with a 2.27 percent positivity rate among faculty and staff and a 0.98 percent positivity rate among students.

The seven-day average of individuals tested per day was 292.9 Thursday, compared to 266.3 Monday. Students make up a vast majority of those tested, with an average seven-day testing rate of 204.7 students and 88.1 faculty and staff. This number only includes tests administered through U.Va Health or LetsGetChecked and does not take into account other tests. 

Eight patients were hospitalized with COVID-19 at U.Va. Health Thursday — this brings the total number of COVID-19 hospitalizations to 35.

The University is currently at zero percent occupancy for quarantine rooms and three percent occupancy for isolation rooms. Quarantine rooms are for those who may have been exposed to COVID-19, while isolation rooms are for those who have tested positive for COVID-19.

In order to return to residential learning, students were required to either submit proof of full COVID-19 vaccination or provide documentation of an approved medical or religious exemption. 2.4 percent of students have documented vaccination exemptions, while 97 percent of students and 92 percent of faculty at the University are fully vaccinated. 

The University announced Oct. 21 that all full-time and part-time employees must be vaccinated by Dec. 8, but extended the deadline to Jan. 4 earlier this week in accordance with new guidelines from President Joe Biden’s administration. Previously, faculty and staff at the University were strongly encouraged, but not required, to be vaccinated against COVID-19. 

U.Va Health began offering third doses and booster shots of COVID-19 Oct. 18 in accordance with guidelines from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. 

The University’s indoor mask mandate has been extended until the end of the fall semester, with exceptions for activities that are “particularly difficult” while wearing a mask such as using IM-Rec facilities and participating in indoor drama classes. 

Students who are symptomatic can make an appointment on their HealthyHoos portal to get tested this Saturday between noon and 4 p.m. at the Student Health and Wellness building. Faculty, staff and students can also undergo voluntary asymptomatic testing during walk-in testing hours from 8 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. at Scott Stadium and the Emmet/Ivy parking garage.

The University’s COVID-19 tracker is updated every weekday at 4 p.m.