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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U of L still unsure number of active COVID cases, reports 372 total positive Friday, Sep 18 2020 

By Joseph Garcia —

In the latest update by the University of Louisville on Sept. 18, positive COVID-19 cases at the university are now at 372. Of those, 98 are within the athletics department Associate Athletic Director Kenny Klein told the Cardinal. The current positivity rate is at 1.58%, however this has slowly been rising over the past few weeks.

The 7-day rolling average positivity rate has reached the highest it’s been to-date at 3.27%.

This week alone saw a spike in positivity at 2.7% out of 1,558 tests, 42 of which came back positive. This is the first time the rate for one week has been above 2% since the first week of testing.

It should be noted, however, that because the number of administered tests has decreased over the past few weeks, this may potentially skew the rolling average and positivity rate to look as though it is increasing.

When asked if he knew the number of still active cases at U of L, Director of Communications John Karman said he still did not have that information. He also did not have any information pertaining to the number of individuals tested within the campus community’s population.

“The testing data that the university is releasing is all included on the COVID dashboard,” Karman said. “U of L is currently not releasing information about active cases, no. of individual people tested, etc.”

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University of Louisville reports 53 positive COVID-19 cases Saturday, Aug 22 2020 

By Madelin Shelton — 

The University of Louisville reported 53 positive cases of COVID-19 during its first week of testing. This number was out of a total of 2,621 administered tests, a 2.02% positivity rate.

This number does not include the 85 recently confirmed COVID cases within the athletics department.As of now, the university has a total of  138 confirmed cases.

The numbers were released on Aug. 18 on U of L’s new webpage dedicated to testing statistics, it will be updated every Tuesday by Campus Health Services.

Only tests done on the Belknap and Health Sciences Center campuses will be reported to the dashboard.

U of L administration has been strongly encouraging every member of the campus community to get tested, although the current numbers are low, the number of tests given are a fraction of the total number of students enrolled this semester.

Paige Workman, a junior, expressed great concern with the very low percentage of tests administered relative to the total number of faculty, staff and students closely affiliated with the university.

“I was genuinely shocked that the university did not require everyone returning to campus to get a test,” she said.

Workman went on to express her disappointment in her fellow U of L community members who are choosing not to be tested despite the free access provided by the university. “It is an ignorant and arrogant choice to willingly forego COVID-19 testing prior to returning to campus,” she said.

Testing on the U of L campuses was recently extended until Sept. 4. Those who test positive are contacted by Campus Health to conduct contact tracing, report symptoms and begin a period of self-isolation.

 

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