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U.Va. discontinues online COVID-19 tracker citing lower rates of hospitalizations and positive cases

The community resource has provided daily case updates since Aug. 2020

<p>Per the tracker, 1,354 cases were reported in fall 2021 and 3,541 were reported in spring 2022.&nbsp;</p>

Per the tracker, 1,354 cases were reported in fall 2021 and 3,541 were reported in spring 2022. 

As of June 30, the University’s COVID-19 tracker website will no longer be updated after almost two years of live statistics. Citing lower numbers of case counts and hospitalizations, the University will no longer update the site unless viral conditions change significantly. 

The COVID-19 tracker first launched in August 2020 as a resource for community members to view daily statistics including the number of reported COVID-19 cases, the percentage of quarantine spaces occupied and the number of hospitalizations at U.Va Health. It was later relaunched to incorporate more detailed information about COVID trends in the community, including seven-day average positivity rates for both students and faculty and staff. 

Per the tracker, 1,354 cases were reported in fall 2021 and 3,541 were reported in spring 2022. 

At the time of the tracker’s final update June 30, there were ten active cases among students and 73 among faculty and staff, with an overall positivity rate of 18.1 percent. 

“The U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention offer the most current and accurate view of cases in our region, and we encourage the University community to visit their online resources for the latest information on cases and prevention,” deputy University spokesperson Bethanie Glover said.

The CDC currently categorizes Charlottesville as having a high community level of COVID-19, recommending mask use and vaccinations.

The University will continue to monitor the situation and make changes if necessary to best inform the community. 

“As always, if viral conditions change substantially, we will be ready to change our approach in order to keep our community safe,” Glover said.

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