Nearly three dozen people with ties to the University of Vermont tested positive for COVID-19.
UVM’s weekly update for Nov. 9 to Nov. 15 showed 20 off-campus students, seven on-campus students, one faculty member and seven staff members tested positive for the coronavirus, according to results received as of Sunday.
“Not surprisingly, the university has also seen a recent increase in the number of coronavirus infections,” he wrote, noting the 27 students who tested positive. “All have been notified and are in isolation. Contact tracing has also been completed. Those identified as close contacts are in quarantine.”
The on-campus residential students who tested positive according to this most recent update make up one-third of cumulative positive cases in the same category reported since UVM began tracking COVID cases on Aug. 7. Off-campus students who tested positive make up half of cumulative positive cases in same category.
The faculty member who tested positive is the first at UVM. Only two staff members tested positive before this most recent update.
Derr released an update Sunday that referenced increased COVID activity in Chittenden County and outlined an option for undergraduates to leave ahead of the final in-personal day of classes on Nov. 24.
“Due to the recent rise in coronavirus positivity rates, we understand that families may want to reunite prior to that time,” he said in the update. “Therefore, undergraduate students are permitted to leave campus in the coming week and continue their studies remotely.”
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