On-campus COVID-19 positivity rate surges as Commencement kicks off

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University operations have continued after a positive COVID-19 case increase.

The COVID-19 positivity rate among community members spiked this week, jumping from about two percent two weeks ago to just over three percent this week.

The University reported 292 positive cases between May 2 to 11 after about 10,000 tests were administered between students, faculty and staff. The jump in cases comes after officials loosened some COVID-19 restrictions as the spring semester closed out its final week and the families and friends of graduating seniors flooded onto campus for Commencement.

The University COVID-19 dashboard shows May 2 as the day with the most daily total positive cases, with 50 out of 2,136 cases coming back positive, and 40 out of 1,071 cases coming back positive on May 10.

Officials implemented COVID-19 mitigation strategies like required biweekly testing and mandated vaccine and booster shots. At the start of the semester officials also reserved 250 beds as they fought to contain the Omicron variant and keep classes in person.

District officials reported about 1,000 COVID-19 cases after allegedly not reporting their total case numbers to the Center for Disease Control and Prevention for weeks.

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