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COVID-19 Dashboard Update: Campus Case Count Continues to Fall

Campus caseload remains low, but Greenville's cumulative incidence rate grows.

Furman continues to perform well with only one positive case out of 433 tests administered. Unsplash

The Oct. 26 COVID-19 Dashboard update revealed the lowest caseload on campus since the Sept. 29 implementation of random asymptomatic testing.

Between Oct. 19-25, the university administered 433 random and symptomatic COVID-19 tests. However, the Earle Student Health Center confirmed only 1 positive case. This reflects a positivity rate of 0.23%, a decrease from the previous week’s 0.92% positivity rate.

Along with a decreased positivity rate, there was a significant reduction in utilization of on-campus isolation and quarantine space. The update indicated that 3 students are currently in quarantine, a decrease from the 20 students in quarantine last week.  Only 1 of the 3 students is quarantined on campus, thus decreasing the on-campus quarantine space utilization from 9% last week to 1% this week. This is the lowest percentage of on-campus utilization since the implementation of random asymptomatic testing.

In addition to 433 student tests, three employee tests were administered, resulting in 1 positive case.  These tests were administered upon reported COVID-19 symptoms or exposure to an infected individual.

Beyond campus, the South Carolina Department of Health and Environmental Control (SC DHEC) released updated disease metrics, showing an increase in the two-week cumulative incidence rate from 235 to 289 new COVID-19 cases per 100,000 individuals.  

The two-week percent positive rate in Greenville County has decreased from 14.2%to 13.8%, but is still classified as ‘high” by SC DHEC.  

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