COVID-19 on campus: rates constant


Gabi Cummings

This graphic depicts the positivity rate and number of COVID-19 cases on campus as well as other statistics regarding the ongoing pandemic.


The prevalence of COVID-19 on the UNI campus remained consistent last week, according to data released Friday, Feb. 19 at noon by the UNI Student Health Center.

The 57 tests conducted from Feb. 15-21 through the Student Health Center resulted in less than six positive cases, for an 8.77% campus positivity rate, virtually unchanged from last week’s rate of 8.33%.

The positivity rate may also decrease slightly today when the Student Health Center updates last week’s data to include any tests conducted on Friday. Since the end-of-week updates only include data collected through Thursday, Friday numbers are added to the weekly total by noon on the following Monday and are therefore not included in the NI’s weekly analysis.

The university also reported four self-reported student cases of COVID-19 from Feb. 15-21, with no self-reported cases from faculty. However, these 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.

Also last week, the first public COVID-19 vaccination clinic on campus was launched on Monday, Feb. 15.

The Black Hawk County Health Department provided first doses of the PfizerBioNTech vaccine to 121 staff and students who were eligible under state guidelines in phases 1A and 1B. The health department also provided training to Student Health Center workers who will be preparing and administering vaccines.

In an email to campus, the COVID-19 Response Team reiterated that the Student Health Center will distribute the vaccine to students, faculty and staff based on guidance from the Iowa Department of Public Health as supplies become available.