The weekly average of COVID-19 cases per day for students, faculties and staff has decreased, with an average of 11.71 cases per day reported on Monday and an average of 7.57 cases reported on Thursday. Currently, a total of 24 people are hospitalized for COVID-19 at U.Va. Health.
January 11 – the peak of the wave of cases caused by the omicron variant – the seven-day average was 74.43 new cases per day.
There are 110 active cases of COVID-19 in the university community compared to 118 active cases last week. 66 of the active cases are students and 44 are faculties and employees, according to the university’s COVID-19 tracker.
Admission rates have continued to fall over the past few weeks – the seven-day average for new admissions was 7.14 on March 31 and was 5.57 from Thursday. 4 patients were admitted to U.Va. Health with COVID-19 on Thursday, bringing the current number of COVID-19 admissions to 24.
The seven-day average positivity rate for COVID-19 was 11.88 percent on Thursday, down from 16.02 percent last week. Test positivity rates for students have dropped to 9.61 percent, significantly lower than the positivity rate of 15.76 percent among staff and faculty members.
The university is currently on a two percent occupancy rate for isolation rooms, reserved for those who have tested positive for COVID-19.
University COVID-19 tracker will continue to be updated even though the university has phased out its saliva test program due to lack of demand, according to university spokesman Brian Coy.
The university completed its saliva test program on March 24, citing declining demand for tests. In last week’s tests, the test center had an average of 135 tests a day, Coy said. Instead, the university will offer a limited range of free rapid tests to asymptomatic students, faculty, and staff in the academic department of the Student Health and Wellness Pharmacy and U.Va. Bookstore pharmacy.
University administrators stopped requires masking in non-U.Va Health classrooms from March 28 after repeal them March 21 for university-owned spaces, including office buildings, IM-Rec facilities and venues. The mandate remains in place in the U.Va. Health facilities.
The university cited recent improvements in public health data as the reason for lifting the restrictions. Hospital admissions and positive cases have been declining as the percentage of faculty, staff, and students fully vaccinated has increased.
That Center for Disease Control reclassified Charlottesville City and Albemarle County’s COVID-19 community level from “medium” to “low” recently. The CDC uses three measurements to measure societal levels – new COVID-19 cases per 100,000 inhabitants, total cases per. 100.0-00 inhabitants, both measured weekly, and the percentage of hospital beds occupied by COVID-19 patients.
Over 99 percent of students comply with the university’s vaccination requirements, while 85 percent of staff have received booster shots.
While the University previously required all faculties and staff must be fully vaccinated – and the university announced a booster requirement prior to the start of the spring semester, the University not anymore require that the faculty and staff be vaccinated against COVID-19 as a condition of employment, per. email sent Jan. 19 to university staff by Ryan, Rev. Liz Magill, Chief Operations Officer JJ Davis and K. Craig Kent, executive vice president of health affairs.
In it Blue Ridge Health District, 77.1 percent of the individuals have received at least one dose of the vaccine and 72.3 percent of the individuals are fully vaccinated. In addition to the fully vaccinated, 43.3 percent have been vaccinated with a third booster dose.
University COVID-19 tracker updated every weekday at 16.00