U of L not releasing number of active COVID-19 cases Thursday, Oct 15 2020 

By Joseph Garcia —

There have now been 681 positive COVID-19 cases at the University of Louisville as a result of testing. This is out of over 34,000 tests the university has administered from the start of the fall semester as of Oct. 14.

In the last seven days, there have been an average of 780 tests administered, of those, an average of 18 have been positive cases. The seven-day rolling positivity rate is 2.23%, while the cumulative positivity rate is at 1.95%.

University officials still refuse to answer how many of these cases are still active.

Executive Director of Campus Health Services Dr. Phillip Bressoud has yet to respond to the Cardinal’s request for an accurate number of active cases. The request came after Bressoud said the data previously available on the Kentucky Office for Public Health’s website “isn’t even close to accurate.”

U of L Director of Communications John Karman said that while he can’t speak to data found on the state’s website, “The university is not releasing figures related to ‘active’ cases.” He did not say why.

The university’s dashboard recently saw nearly 1,600 tests and 44 positive cases removed with no immediate response as to why. Today Karman told the Cardinal that those were removed due to “an error in the previously reported data that had to be corrected.”

“Incorrect figures were provided,” Karman said. “The dashboard has now been corrected to reflect the updated and corrected numbers.”

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U of L officials release limited COVID-19 data Tuesday, Oct 13 2020 

By Joseph Garcia —

The University of Louisville is experiencing a spike of COVID-19 cases and university officials won’t share more information beyond what’s on the testing dashboard. Over the past four weeks, the positivity rate has remained above 2%, it’s highest was 4.38%.

Since the university started testing, there have been 653 total positive cases of the coronavirus as of Oct. 13. Yesterday, however, this number was 697. The university also updated the total number of administered tests, removing 1,593 tests.

U of L Director of Communications John Karman said that he would get back with more information on why these cases and tests were removed. At the time of writing he has yet to respond.

Out of the now nearly 35,000 tests administered, and only a few weeks left of the semester, it is still unknown how many active cases there are currently.

The Kentucky Office of Public Health requires universities to send information daily on their COVID-19 data. On Aug. 5, the Cardinal reported that according to the data sheet on the Governor’s website, U of L had 140 active cases.

Dr. Phillip Bressoud, executive director of Campus Health Services, said these numbers are not accurate.

“The state’s website isn’t even close to accurate.  [The number of] total tests performed, positives, negatives (total-positives), percent positive are all available on dashboard,” Bressoud said. “These are all the test results the university has or has sent to the health department.”

He has yet to provide The Cardinal with a more accurate number of active cases.

The public health office’s data sheet has also been updated and does not include information regarding the number of active and recovered cases. It now only reports the number of new cases each day along with the number of deaths and cases ever positive.

When asked to what capacity the university’s isolation spaces were occupied, Karman said while he doesn’t have specific numbers, “We have capacity available.”

“Obviously, the university knows how many students are in isolation in the 40 available beds,” Karman later added. “That is not information that is being released to the public. I’m only authorized to tell you that we do have space available.”

“The data on the dashboard is what the university has chosen to release publicly,” he said.

When asked if the university had more COVID-19 data it wasn’t sharing with the campus community, like the occupancy of isolation spaces and number of active cases, Karman said: “I can only address the data we are releasing. It’s on the dashboard.”

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Nearly 30,000 COVID-19 tests conducted at U of L Tuesday, Oct 6 2020 

By Joseph Garcia —

The University of Louisville now has 568 total positive cases of the coronavirus. This is out of almost 30,000 total tests conducted since the start of the fall semester. Of these cases, U of L reported 140 are still active cases among students, as of Oct. 5.

The cumulative positivity rate is at 1.91%.

With Fall Break now over, students, faculty and staff are again required to take a free COVID-19 test from the university.

Testing is available at these locations from Monday through Friday:

  • University Club Ballroom // 8 a.m. to noon and 1-5 p.m. (Open 6-9 p.m. Tuesday and Thursday.)
  • Cardinal Stadium Purple “A” Lot // 8 a.m. to noon and 1-5 p.m.
  • Student Recreation Center // 8 a.m. to Noon and 1-5 p.m.
  • Abell Administration Building (HSC) // 7-11 a.m. and noon to 4 p.m. (Open 6-9 p.m. Tuesday and Thursday.)

This round of mandatory testing will end on Oct. 23, however, U of L Director of Communications John Karman told the Cardinal a few weeks ago that “testing will remain available through the end of the semester.”

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U of L reports 100 active COVID-19 case, 543 total positive cases Saturday, Oct 3 2020 

By Joseph Garcia —

Going into Fall Break, the University of Louisville has a total of 543 positive COVID-19 cases as of Oct. 2. Of these, U of L reported 100 still active cases to the state office for public health. This is out of almost 29,000 tests administered. The positivity rate sits at 1.88%.

U of L has yet to release more information regarding the number of individuals tested or the number of active cases on the testing dashboard.

Associate Athletic Director Kenny Klein said that more than 1,100 tests have been conducted over the past week within the athletics department. Of those tests, 10 have come back positive.

When students return from break, a second wave of mandatory testing will begin. Any student, faculty or staff who frequents campus will need to be tested again.

While this testing period ends on Oct. 23, U of L Director of Communications John Karman told the Cardinal that testing would continue for the remainder of the semester.

It is recommended individuals make an appointment beforehand for their COVID-19 test, however walk-ins are welcome. That can be done here.

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Positive COVID-19 cases at U of L surpass 500 as Fall Break nears Wednesday, Sep 30 2020 

By Joseph Garcia — 

The University of Louisville is now reporting more than 500 positive cases of COVID-19.

Out of 27,398 total tests administered, 511 have come back positive. The cumulative positivity rate, as of Sept. 30, is 1.87%.

U of L has yet to release any more information regarding positive cases on campus.

Despite this, U of L has told the state that the university currently has 68 students with still active cases, while 43 students have recovered from the virus.

Cases have been on a steady rise since the week following Labor Day weekend. That week, from Sept. 7 to Sept. 13, the positivity rate was at 1.45%. Since then, the rate has increased drastically.

The seven-day rolling average has also seen a big increase. Out of an average of 467 tests a day, 18 are coming back positive. The average positivity rate is at its highest at 4.49%.

University officials worry that Fall Break could be another point in which the COVID-19 cases spike again.

“Fall Break is a time when some students may want to take a break from your studies by visiting family or taking a short vacation. We are encouraging students to stay on campus or in the area and participate in the Planned Fall Break activities,” university admin told students in a Sept. 25 email. “However, if you do travel, it presents a greater opportunity to be exposed or to expose others to COVID-19.”

They have extended free  COVID-19 testing until Oct. 23, and are requiring students to get tested once they return from break.

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COVID-19 cases spike at the University of Louisville Friday, Sep 25 2020 

By Joseph Garcia — 

This week positive COVID-19 cases at the University of Louisville have reached 468. This is out of almost 26,000 total tests administered. This week also saw the highest spike in the positivity rate for one week, which is 5.09%.

Of those 468 positive tests, Associate Athletic Director Kenny Klein said the athletics department makes up for 105 cases.

“Since student-athletes began returning to campus for voluntary activities on June 2, a total of 4,547 tests have been administered with 105 positive test results,” Klein said. “Over the past week, the University of Louisville Athletics’ COVID-19 testing program has administered 1,003 tests to student-athletes, coaches and staff with seven positive tests from that group.”

Neither Klein or U of L’s Director of Communications John Karman could provide any more information about the number of positive cases.

The Cardinal was able to find on Kentucky’s COVID-19 dashboard and resource guide, U of L reported 58 active cases and 12 recovered cases among students as of Sept. 25. The number of active cases this time last week was only at 3. Karman could not confirm if there were more cases or not.

As cases continue to rise, university officials are blaming Labor Day weekend for the recent spike.

“Unfortunately, following the Labor Day holiday, we have seen a slight uptick in cases,” university officials said in an email to students. “Some members of our community are experiencing mild, cold-like symptoms, which can be an early indicator of COVID-19.”

Because of this, U of L has extended its free testing services to students, faculty and staff.

Starting Sept. 28 COVID-19 testing will be available at these locations, Monday through Friday:

  • University Club Ballroom // 8 a.m. to noon and 1-5 p.m. (Open 6-9 p.m. Tuesday and Thursday.)
  • Cardinal Stadium Purple “A” Lot // 8 a.m. to noon and 1-5 p.m.
  • Student Recreation Center // 8 a.m. to Noon and 1-5 p.m.
  • Abell Administration Building (HSC) // 7-11 a.m. and noon to 4 p.m. (Open 6-9 p.m. Tuesday and Thursday.)

The university also seems concerned that another spike may occur after Fall Break.

U of L is “encouraging” students, faculty and staff  to get tested prior to the start of break, which is from Oct. 3-5.

Once the semester resumes though, testing will again be mandatory for all individuals who frequent campus. This round of mandatory testing will end on Oct. 23, however Karman said “testing will remain available through the end of the semester.”

No disciplinary action has come yet to those who did not test during the first mandatory testing period. However, while U of L has opted out of disciplinary action at the moment, officials said in the email they are in the process of identifying those individuals and asking them to get tested.

The university has created a new webform for students, faculty and staff to take to help the university identify who is and isn’t on campus. That form can be completed here.

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Positive COVID cases reach 385, testing extended until end of semester Monday, Sep 21 2020 

By Joseph Garcia —

The University of Louisville’s total number of positive COVID-19 cases is now at 385, out of a total of 24,092 administered tests. U of L’s cumulative positivity rate is still slowly rising as well, currently it is at 1.60% as of Sept. 21.

U of L Director of Communications John Karman was unable to confirm how many of these cases are still active.

“The data that the university is making available to the public is reported on U of L’s COVID website,” he said.

However, the Cardinal was able to find a report by the Kentucky Public Health office, that said U of L has three active COVID-19 cases among students as of Sept. 19.

Karman could not confirm these three cases or if there are anymore active cases on campus.

“I’ve provided all of the information that is available to me,” he said.

He did tell the Cardinal that free testing for all on-campus individuals is extended until the end of the semester. More information on testing locations and where to register for tests has not been released yet.

Students, faculty and staff who frequent campus are required by the Student Code of Conduct and Redbook to get tested for COVID-19. Those who do not get tested may face disciplinary action.

Although, Karman said no action has been taken yet on individuals who have not been tested.

“While the university has the ability to discipline students, faculty and staff who have not been tested,” he said. “It has chosen, to this point, not to do so.”

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Positive COVID-19 cases at U of L rise above 300 Friday, Sep 11 2020 

By Joseph Garcia — 

The total number of positive COVID-19 cases at the University of Louisville has risen to 315 as of Sept. 11. This is out of 21,097 total tests administered, making the cumulative positivity rate 1.49%.

U of L’s Athletics department makes up 93 of those positive cases according to Associate Athletic Director Kenny Klein.

When asked what number of these positive cases are currently active, U of L Director of Communications John Karman said that he did not have any more information beyond what is posted on the dashboard.

Previously Karman told the Cardinal that U of L had 40 beds available for isolating individuals positive with COVID-19. At this time, Karman said that the university is “not near capacity,” but did not provide a statistic as to what capacity of those beds were filled.

Compared to other universities, U of L is doing well in terms of preventing the spread of the virus.

Phillip Bressoud, executive director of campus health, said in a U of L News release on Sept. 1 that there were many factors that went into U of L’s early success. Including U of L’s contact tracing efforts, limiting of large gatherings on and off campus, and the university community’s adherence to protocols laid out by the university and state.

However, the university’s testing dashboard is bare of information compared to these other universities.

The University of Kentucky’s dashboard includes breakdowns of cases by university population (students/faculty/staff), how many cases are still active and to what capacity their isolation spaces are filled.

When asked if there was a reason U of L wasn’t being as transparent with this information as other universities have, Karman said that “U of L is providing information consistent with the governor’s office.”

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U of L surpasses 20,000 COVID-19 tests, 297 positive cases Thursday, Sep 10 2020 

By Joseph Garcia —

The University of Louisville has surpassed 20,000 COVID-19 tests for the fall semester as of Sept. 9. 297 of those tests have come back positive.

This number does not include athletics’ cases which as of Sept. 4 are reported to be at 92 positive cases.

This update comes as the university again extends the mandatory free COVID-19 testing to Sept. 18. This is the third extension for testing since testing was announced prior to the fall semester’s start.

“Anyone who is coming to campus and who has not been tested since the mandatory testing period began on Aug. 24 should schedule an appointment,” the email to students said.

Drive through testing at Cardinal Stadium, however, will only be available through noon on Friday, Sept. 11.

The new testing locations, open Monday through Friday, include:

 

  • Belknap Campus // University Club // 8 a.m. to noon and 1-5 p.m.
  • Health Sciences Center // Abell Administration Building // 7-11 a.m. and noon to 4 p.m.

In their email, the university said that there may be an uptick in cases because of the Kentucky Derby and Labor Day weekend.

“Since some people went home or attended social gatherings over the holiday weekend, we may see an uptick in positive cases in the coming days,” they said. “Those who are asymptomatic but may have attended events where social distancing and mask policies were not followed are encouraged to get a test this week so the university can identify cases and work to prevent additional exposures. ”

Anyone who is showing symptoms for COVID-19 should contact Campus Health Services immediately for an appointment and rapid-testing at 502-852-6446.

The university is also providing free flu shots for all U of L students, faculty and staff. Those will be available until Sept. 21. A schedule of when and where those will be available will be released next week.

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U of L nears 300 positive COVID-19 tests Friday, Sep 4 2020 

By Joseph Garcia —

As Labor Day weekend begins, positive cases for the coronavirus continue to rise at the University of Louisville. U of L updated its dashboard Sept. 4 adding another 29 cases to this week’s total. The cumulative number of positive COVID-19 tests is now at 280 with an overall positivity rate of 1.52%.

This number does not include positive cases within the athletic department. Associate Athletic Director Kenny Klein said as of Sept. 4, the department has tested 92 positive cases since June 2.

With Labor Day this weekend and the 146th annual Kentucky Derby on Sept. 5, Student Body President Sabrina Collins reminded students to stay safe this weekend and continue following CDC and university guidelines.

“The COVID pandemic is far from over, and safety must remain the highest priority. We are exceptionally pleased with how our fellow students have kept each other safe during these first few weeks of the semester,” Collins said. “Keeping our campus safe is a community effort. Please consider your fellow Cardinals this weekend so we can prevent the spread of COVID-19 on our campus.”

Collins and other Top 4 members of SGA also told students that they should avoid attending or hosting any large gatherings of 10 or more people this weekend.

“Note that per the Code of Student Conduct 2020-2021 , ‘the University may take conduct action against a student(s) or student organization(s) who fail to follow federal, state, U of L, local and/or pandemic public health guidelines as established and distributed by the University,'” Collins said. “It is not worth jeopardizing the safety of others or your status as a student or student organization. ”

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