COVID-19 updates for first week of semester

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A screenshot of UConn’s COVID dashboard. Via coviddashboard.uconn.edu

The University of Connecticut released its first COVID-19 updates and statistics of the academic year to the public dashboard on Sept. 1. The dashboard will be updated weekly to reflect the most current results of COVID-19 testing and cases among UConn students, faculty and staff. 

“The University of Connecticut is committed to transparency as it communicates information pertaining to COVID-19 to all members of our community,” according to the dashboard website.

The website also mentions that the dashboard was initially “designed to accurately reflect the health of our campus in a clear and concise manner.” 

Since Aug. 25, four residential Storrs students have tested positive for COVID-19, as well as four off-campus students. Three of the residential students are recovering at home, with one being treated at an isolation room on campus. 

Additionally, one commuter at the Hartford campus and one commuter at Waterbury tested positive for COVID-19 this past week. 

In regards to UConn faculty and staff, 14 positive cases have taken place since Aug. 1. 

The Storrs campus remains at the moderate (orange) level of the color-coded system. This means masks will continue to be required indoors (including in the residence halls’ common areas) and recommended outdoors. 

Currently 97% of residential students at Storrs are at least partially vaccinated, and 96% of Stamford’s residential students are vaccinated. A total of 91% at Avery Point are vaccinated, 92% at Hartford, 86% at Waterbury and 92% at the UConn School of Law. 

Students who were granted an exemption to the vaccination policy were asked to test 3-5 days prior to when they arrived on campus as well as upon their arrival (if living on campus). All unvaccinated students (whether living on or off campus) were also asked to participate in a “modified quarantine” for their first 5-7 days on campus. 

The current positive COVID-19 test rate for residential Storrs students is 0.04%, and 0.16% for faculty and staff. 

If you are feeling ill or experiencing COVID-19 symptoms (whether residential or non-residential, graduate or undergraduate), you can call Student Health and Wellness at 860-486-4700 for a screening and further instructions. 

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