The University of Idaho is continuing to have success in controlling the coronavirus on campus while having in-person classroom instruction this Fall. UI President Scott Green updated the campus community about the effort in an email this week.
Over 8,500 hundred coronavirus tests of students, faculty, and staff have been conducted this Fall with 99 coming back positive. That’s a positivity rate of just over 1% for the UI campus testing program. Four sick students who live on campus are currently staying in the UI’s isolation area. Over a thousand people are scanned every day with thermal scanners at the UI’s Wallace Complex and the ISUB Food Court. Only one person so far this Fall has been turned away from those facilities because they registered a fever. UI campus security has only responded to 8 reports of people failing to follow pandemic restrictions on campus. Most of those were people failing to wear a mask outside. No Vandal student-athletes were found to have coronavirus when 168 of them were tested last week. Recent testing of sewage for traces of coronavirus on campus identified 6 new cases of coronavirus among students living in 2 dorms. President Green is asking students who left town for Labor Day weekend to get re-tested this week.
Last week’s positivity rate for coronavirus testing at the UI dropped slightly to just over 1.5%. Nearly 750 tests were conducted with 12 coming back positive.