At UVa, more than 20% of faculty and staff tested for COVID-19 in the past seven days have tested positive, according to statistics published on the university’s COVID-19 monitoring website.
The website shows that an average of 20.51% of employees and faculty tested for COVID during the seven-day period ending Tuesday tested positive for the coronavirus. The same seven-day average for students still in the field was 18.17%.
UVa tested 239 staff and faculty on Tuesday, 53 of which tested positive. On Monday, 197 staff and faculty were tested, 54 of which tested positive.
For the students, 42 took tests on Tuesday, eight of which came back positive. On Monday, 31 students were tested, with eight positive results.
As of Tuesday, 634 staff and faculty as well as 563 students have reported cases of COVID-19 since August.
UVa administrators said any changes to attendance procedures or health protocols for the spring trimester will be decided by January 14.
“University leaders and public health experts are monitoring the situation,” said Brian Coy, spokesperson for UVa. “We continue to encourage everyone in our community to take precautions to help limit the spread of the virus, including getting vaccinated or receiving a booster as soon as possible. “