COVID-19 on campus

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Karla DeBruin

This graphic depicts UNI’s COVID-19 positivity rate since the beginning of the semester as well as other statistics regarding COVID-19 on campus.

ELIZABETH KELSEY, News Editor

Cases of COVID-19 at UNI have remained both fairly low and relatively consistent over the last few weeks, according to information released Friday by the UNI Student Health Center.

This week’s seven positive cases as reported by the Student Health Center and ten positive self-reported cases represent a very slight decrease from the previous week, in which 11 cases were reported both through the Student Health Center and through the Panther Health Survey self-report. Self-reported cases may also be counted in the Student Health Center weekly totals and therefore, the numbers cannot be combined for a grand total.

During the period from Sept. 28-Oct. 1, one UNI employee self-reported a positive test of COVID-19. The other nine self-reported cases came from UNI students.

As previously reported in the Northern Iowan, adjusted guidance from the Iowa Department of Public Health (IDPH) now requires individuals exposed to COVID-19 to quarantine only if both parties were not wearing a mask during the time of exposure. UNI is now following this change in regulations as well, which may contribute to differences in quarantine and isolation numbers as reported by the Department of Residence.