From Sept. 6-12, Auburn University’s COVID-19 Resource Center reported that 100 students or employees reported a positive COVID-19 test. The number reported is a decrease from the 188 positive cases during the week prior.
All students and employees are required to report positive COVID-19 tests to the University, which uses that data to contact trace and get an idea of how severe the spread of the virus is on campus. Self-reported data includes those reports submitted by students, faculty, staff and third-party contractors working on campus who have tested positive for COVID-19.
The Auburn University Medical Clinic reported administering 537 COVID-19 tests from Sept.6-10, with 30 of which returning positive, a 5.5% positivity rate, which is 5.5 percentage points lower than the week prior.
As of Sept. 14, the University had administered 16,750 doses of the COVID-19 vaccine. The University now offers the vaccine to all students, employees, University retirees, family members and dependents of University employees.
On-campus residents who were exposed to someone with COVID but have not tested positive themselves are required to quarantine for 10 days. Residents in the Hill, Cambridge and Quad residence halls are relocated to quarantine housing in Hall M in the Hill, which is separate from isolation housing, while residents in 160 Ross, the Village and South Donahue residence halls are able to quarantine in place in their assigned room.
University housing saw an average of 11 students in isolation per day from Sept. 6-12, with an additional 0.5 in quarantine and 3.5 quarantining in place.
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Charlie Ramo, junior in aerospace engineering, is the content editor of The Auburn Plainsman.