Stay tuned for the latest COVID-19 developments on campus
by Dartmouth Senior Staff
| 5/4/22 22:10
May 4 | 22:10
The number of reported active COVID-19 cases on campus dropped significantly from 541 on April 26 to 294 from Tuesday, according to College COVID-19 dashboard. The number includes 145 bachelor students, 54 master’s and professional students and 95 faculties and staff.
The latest data shows a total drop of 247 cases since 26 April. Bachelor cases fell by 149 from 294 on April 26th. Cases also fell by 77 from 131 among graduate and professional students last week and by 21 from 116 among faculties and staff. Asymptomatic testing remains optional for all community members.
According to the Centers for Disease Prevention and Control, Grafton County remains at a “high” level of COVID-19 in the community. The CDC recommends wearing a mask indoors and on public transportation due to high levels of COVID-19.
April 27 | 22:40
As of Tuesday, there are 541 reported active cases of COVID-19 on campus, a slight increase from the 525 reported on April 20, according to College COVID-19 dashboard. The number includes 294 bachelor students, 131 master’s and professional students and 116 faculties and staff.
The figures show a slight decline since April 20 among undergraduate students. Among graduate and professional students, there was a slight increase from 123 on April 20th. Meanwhile, the number of cases has increased more markedly among the faculty and staff, and has increased from 85 on April 20 to 116 from Tuesday. Asymptomatic testing remains optional for all community members.
According to Center for Disease Prevention and Control, the positivity rate for tests in Grafton County is 5.66% per. April 24, a decrease of 0.96% over the last seven days. According to the CDC, this means that Grafton County now has “high” community levels of COVID-19. At high levels of COVID-19, the CDC recommends that all individuals wear masks in indoor public spaces, regardless of vaccination status.
April 20 | 20:30
As of Tuesday, there are 525 reported active cases of COVID-19 on campus, an increase from the 329 active cases reported on April 13, according to College COVID-19 dashboard. In an email sent to campus on April 19, Provost David Kotz wrote that the current number of cases represents self-reported positive cases, as well as symptomatic and voluntary tests on campus.
The number of cases among bachelor students has increased by more than 50% and has increased from 196 to 317 cases. This is the highest number of cases since January 29, when there were 544 active cases on campus. In addition, there are 123 cases among graduate and professional students, a slight increase from last week’s total of 103 cases, and 85 cases among faculties and staff, a number that has more than doubled for the second week in a row.
April 13 | 21:45
As of Tuesday, there are 329 reported active cases of COVID-19 on campus, an increase from the 199 cases reported on April 11, according to College COVID-19 dashboard. Reported cases continue to rise, even after the college’s decision to make asymptomatic testing optional, which went into effect on April 10.
The number consists of 196 bachelor students, 103 master’s or professional students and 40 faculty members and staff. The number of active cases of COVID-19 in graduate and professional students more than doubled in two days, increasing from 42 cases on 11 April.
April 11 | 22:30
COVID-19 cases on campus continue to rise – College COVID-19 Dashboard reported 199 active COVID-19 cases, up from the 155 reported on April 6th. The figure includes 133 students, 42 graduate and professional students and 24 faculty members and staff. The biggest jump in active cases comes from students, who rose by 55 cases from last Wednesday.
From April 10, asymptomatic testing became optional at the college, though students will still have access to opportunities for personal and drop-off testing, according to an March 30 email from Executive Vice President Rick Mills and Provost David Kotz.
According to the dashboard, 97.9% of the community is fully vaccinated, the same as last week. Meanwhile, 96.1% have been updated on their vaccinations – meaning they have received a booster shot – which is a 0.2% increase from last week.
April 6 | 22:00
Active COVID-19 cases rose to 155 today from the 114 reported by College COVID-19 dashboard last Wednesday. This number includes 78 among bachelors, 66 among graduates and professional students and 11 among faculties and staff. The sharpest increase was among students, an increase of 49 from 29 cases on March 30th. According to the dashboard, 97.9% of the community is fully vaccinated, with 95.9% up to date with their vaccinations – meaning they have received a booster shot.
According to Center for Disease Prevention and Control, the positivity rate for tests in Grafton County is 1.79% per. April 3, a decrease of 0.55% over the last seven days. The dashboard noted that 74.9% of the total population is fully vaccinated, with 95% receiving at least one dose of the vaccine.
March 30 | 22:00
March 30 – the third teaching day in a semester with fewer Covid restrictions – Dartmouth COVID-19 dashboard showed 114 active cases, including 29 among bachelors, 77 among graduate and professional students and eight among faculties and staff. 98% of the Dartmouth community are fully vaccinated, with 94.6% updated on their vaccinations, according to the dashboard. Community members classified as “up-to-date” in terms of vaccinations have received a booster shot.
According to an email from the college on March 17, the dashboard will no longer show positivity rates or the number of isolated individuals. This period, which begins April 10, will see Dartmouth move away from weekly monitoring tests to an “on-demand test model,” according to the email. In addition, the email noted that Dartmouth management will continue to consult guidance at the federal, state, and local levels along with scientific guidance to determine “effective measurements” for the ongoing pandemic response.
College spokeswoman Diana Lawrence wrote in an email statement that the College expected an increase in cases when students returned from the spring break.
“We will follow these numbers closely over the coming weeks to identify whether the number of cases continues to rise after start-of-term testing, or whether they stabilize or fall,” she wrote.
Lawrence wrote that students were not required to complete tests prior to arrival during this period, so the positive cases reflected on the dashboard were detected in both PCR and antigen tests performed on campus and tests taken in the Upper Valley. She added that the “relatively high number of cases” for graduate students relative to bachelors is due to the earlier semester start date for the Tuck School of Business, leading to an additional week of testing among graduate students reported on the dashboard.
Dartmouth will post brief COVID-19 updates here throughout the spring period of 2022. Major developments, such as policy announcements, may be published separately as their own article. Look back here for updates on current case counts and other developments on campus.