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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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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