The weekly average of COVID-19 cases per day for both students and faculties remained low over the weekend, with no new cases reported Friday through Sunday. There are a total of 69 people currently hospitalized for COVID-19 at U.Va. Health, significantly down from 98 this time last week.
There are 278 active cases of COVID-19 in the university community, of which 228 are students and 50 of them are faculty and staff, according to the university’s COVID-19 tracker.
The zero new cases at students or faculty and staff over the weekend followed a total of 31 new cases between February 13 and Saturday.
The average positivity rate over seven days over the weekend was 10.34 percent. The seven-day average positivity among faculty and staff on Monday – 12.98 percent – remains higher than 9.83 percent for students.
The seven-day average of individuals tested per day was 301.3 Sunday, with 9 tests administered Sunday and 1 administered Saturday. U.Va. Health has administered 524,632 tests since the tracker began recording data in August 2020. This figure includes only tests administered through U.Va. Health or LetsGetChecked and does not take into account other tests.
Five patients were admitted to U.Va. Health with COVID-19 over the weekend, bringing the current number of COVID-19 admissions to 69. The seven-day average for new admissions from Sunday was 1pm, down from last week’s 15.71.
The university is currently on a four percent occupancy rate for isolation rooms, reserved for those who have tested positive for COVID-19.
To return to homeschooling, students had to either submit proof of full COVID-19 vaccination with a booster shot or provide evidence of an approved medical or religious exemption. Attorney General Jason Miyares issued an advisory opinion on Friday in which he stated that public universities cannot impose COVID-19 vaccination requirements on students as a condition of enrollment. University President Jim Ryan addressed the statement in a university-wide email Monday, adding that the advisory opinion does not have the same legal force.
Over 99 percent of the students have already complied with the university’s vaccination requirements, Ryan said, noting that the university’s management decided to leave enrolled students who have not yet prepared vaccine mandates.
“Because we have such a small number of students who have not yet received the booster, we decided at the beginning of last week – based on advice from our study team – that we will not enroll students who have not yet received their booster, but will continue to encourage them to do so, ”Ryan said.
After January 14th deadline for students and staff to submit either proof of vaccination or proof of a medical or religious exemption, 99 percent of students are fully vaccinated, 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 will 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, 72.5 percent of the individuals have received at least one dose of the vaccine and 65.9 percent of the individuals are fully vaccinated. In addition to those fully vaccinated, 36.3 percent have been vaccinated with a third booster dose.
New public health measures in effect this semester include a temporary ban on all food and beverages at university-affiliated events, a mandatory five-day isolation for those testing positive for COVID-19 in accordance with updated Center for Disease Control Guidance and a continuation of the mesh mandate for all indoor spaces. University management will provide an update on these policies before the end of the week.
Asymptomatic testing is currently located in the basement of Newcomb Hall by appointment only Monday, Tuesday and Thursday at. 8.00 to 16.30 and Wednesday at 07.30 to kl. 16.30. Asymptomatic employee testing is available in the Jefferson Park Medical Office Building on Tuesdays and Thursdays from 6 p.m. 7 to kl. 9. Students who experience symptoms of COVID-19 should schedule testing through their HealthyHoos portal, whereas faculty members who experience possible COVID-19 symptoms should contact Employee Health.
University COVID-19 tracker updated every weekday at 16.00