UConn: 10 new positive cases of coronavirus on, near campus
Ten additional University of Connecticut students have tested positive for COVID-19, according to the school’s coronavirus dahsboard.
In its update on Sunday afternoon, UConn said seven of the students who tested positive are living on campus, noting five of whom were already in medical quarantine. It said three of the on-campus students were living in the Eddy residence hall, which was placed under medical quarantine Friday.
UConn said the three other students who tested positive were living off-campus near the Storrs campus, meaning a total of 60 students in that demographic have tested positive since Sept. 13.
In total, the university reports 56 positive cases among students living on campus, with a positive transmission rate of 1.12 percent. So far, out of a cumulative total of 154 coronavirus positive students, UConn said 148 on-campus students had recovered and left isolation.
“UConn continues to test hundreds of students on a regular day as part of ongoing surveillance efforts,” UConn said in an email. “This surveillance includes testing for randomly selected students, as well as asymptomatic on- or off-campus Storrs students who request a test as a precaution.”
UConn said it was also testing wastewater from several on-campus spots to assess the presence of COVID-19 as a way to predict and limit the potential scope of the outbreak.
Yale University reported two new student cases last week, for a total of 12 infected, with another four staff having also tested positive.
As of Sept. 18, Sacred Heart’s dashboard is reporting 48 cases in the past week — six on campus and 43 off-campus. It said 69 students have tested positive for the virus.
Also in Fairfield, Fairfield University reported 17 on-site positive tests among students and 18 off-site positive tests during the week of Sept. 16. On-site tests are those performed by the university, while off-site tests are done by a third party. The university is reporting a total of 42 student cases of coronavirus.