The Stanford COVID-19 case drops to 97 amid a continuing decline
The Stanford COVID-19 case drops to 97 amid a continuing decline

The Stanford COVID-19 case drops to 97 amid a continuing decline

Stanford reported 67 new COVID-19 cases among students and 30 new cases among faculty, staff and post-doc researchers in the week of Feb. 21, according to COVID-19 dashboard.

Compared with last week, the number of cases has decreased by 48% among students and 43% among employees. As of Monday, 92 students are in isolation, according to the dashboard, which is 75 fewer than the university reported on February 22nd.

14,128 color COVID-19 tests were administered during the week of February 21, which is a decrease from the 18,105 tests administered during the previous week. These test numbers do not include rapid antigen tests.

Stanford continues to provide students with color COVID-19 tests and demands weekly test for vaccinated students and every other week test for unvaccinated students. The university plans to lift the test requirement March 1 for fully vaccinated staff and March 11 for fully vaccinated students. The university also announced Monday that it will give two free quick tests for all students from Tuesday.

Stanford’s seven-day positivity fell from 1.65% last week to 1.06% this week for students and from 0.33% to 0.18% for faculty, staff and postdocs. The seven-day positivity on campus remains lower than Santa Clara County‘s 2.80% rate and California‘s 2.90% interest rate, both of which have fallen sharply since last week.

Of the 30 new employee cases, 14 are included in the university’s test count. The remaining 16 people tested outside the university’s surveillance test system through rapid antigen tests or tested positive earlier than last week, but just reported it to the university, according to the dashboard.

“We are encouraged by the continuing decline in the number of students in isolation and those who test positive,” University spokesman EJ Miranda wrote in an email to The Daily. “We had hoped to see such reductions as the omicron wave subsided.”

Unlike Stanford, peer institutions are experiencing increases in student positivity rates. Harvard reported an increase to a positivity rate of 0.69%, and the University of California, Berkeley, reported an increase to a positivity rate of 2.7%.

A total of 2,356 students and 1,835 faculties, staff and postdocs have tested positive through Stanford’s monitoring test system since June 29, 2020, according to the dashboard.

The University continues to monitor COVID-19 variants and enforce weekly COVID-19 testing and masking requirements, regardless of vaccination status. Stanford also goes on to emphasize that vaccination, testing and masking can prevent serious illness.

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