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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U of L revises COVID-19 numbers, reports 85 new cases Tuesday, Sep 1 2020 

By Joseph Garcia —

Three weeks into the semester, the University of Louisville now has a total of 215 positive COVID-19 cases out of 14,265 tests as of Sept. 1. These results include all testing locations on the Belknap campus, Health Sciences Campus and Bluewater Diagnosis Lab.

Associate Athletic Director Kenny Klein told the Cardinal on Aug. 28 that the athletics department now has a total of 90 positive cases itself. The testing dashboard does not include those cases in the cumulative total. When these are added, U of L then has a total of 305 positive COVID-19 cases.

Last week, U of L conducted a total of 8,385 tests where 85 came back positive for the coronavirus. While cases are on the rise, the poisitivity rate is decreasing. During the first week of testing, the rate was 2.3%. Last week it was 1.01%.

U of L plans to move away from weekly updates and will now update the dashboard three times a week.

“Due to student concerns about transparency and the availability of more comprehensive testing results, the university has decided to report the data three times a week,” U of L Director of Communications John Karman said. At this time, he said he does not have information on which days the dashboard will be updated.

The updated dashboard also includes revised numbers for the past two weeks.

During the first week of testing, prior to the start of the fall semester, U of L previously reported 53 positive cases. U of L is now reporting there were 69 positive cases at the time. Similarly, during the first week of school U of L reported 38 new cases. This number has also been revised, there were actually 61 positive cases.

Karman said these numbers were revised to include Campus Health’s numbers to the data from Bluewater Diagnosis.

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