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UPDATE APRIL 28: IU reports 8,000th student to test positive for COVID-19 in Bloomington in dashboard update

This story will be updated weekly to reflect IU dashboard updates. The lastest update was April 28.

IU reported 93 new COVID-19 cases among Bloomington students, faculty and staff last week, as well as a 0.32% positivity rate in mitigation testing. 

In last week’s testing, IU-Bloomington recorded its 8,000th positive test from students since July 2020. IU has a total of 8,031 positive COVID-19 cases from students in Bloomington since July and 11,583 total among students across all IU campuses. 

Additionally, 180 individuals were instructed to quarantine after being identified as a close contact. 

Live-in greek-life students had a 0.3% positivity rate from 1,470 tests. Live-out greek-life students had a 0.8% positivity rate from 1,391 tests. Residence hall students had a 0.3% positivity rate from 7,756 tests, and all other off-campus students had a 0.3% positivity rate from 6,158 tests. 

IU conducted a total of 18,495 mitigation tests on the Bloomington campus last week, a decrease from the week prior. Mitigation tests had an average response time of 25 hours, an increase of an hour from the week prior. 

According to the COVID-19 dashboard, Ashton Residence Center is at 2.9% occupancy, an increase of 1.1% compared to last week’s update.

The dashboard also reports a 0.3% prevalence rate on the Bloomington campus, which is a decrease from last week’s update.

April 21

IU reported a 0.33% overall mitigation testing positivity rate on the Bloomington campus in its April 21 COVID-19 dashboard update as well as 97 total positive tests and 204 individuals instructed to quarantine as close contacts. 

The 0.33% positivity rate is a slight decrease from 0.38% in last week’s update. IU’s overall mitigation testing positivity rate for the entire school year is 0.8%. 

Last week, IU passed 400,000 total mitigation tests administered on the Bloomington campus for the school year. There were 19,744 tests conducted last week — the first time IU has had fewer than 20,000 mitigation tests in a week since the week of Valentine’s Day — moving IU to a total of 410,770 tests. 

Live-in greek-life students had a 0.3% positivity rate from 1,536 tests. Live-out greek-life students had a 1.2% positivity rate from 1,605 tests, which is nearly double the group’s 0.7% positivity rate the week prior. 

Residence hall students had a 0.2% positivity rate from 8,597 tests, and all other off-campus students had a 0.3% positivity rate from 6,687 tests. 

The dashboard also reports a slightly increased response time on mitigation tests, jumping from 22 hours in last week’s update to 24 hours in this week’s. 

IU reports a 0.4% COVID-19 prevalence rate on the Bloomington campus, which remains the same from last week’s update. 

According to the COVID-19 dashboard, Ashton Residence Center is at 1.8% occupancy, the same percent as last week’s update.

April 14

IU reported a 0.38% positivity rate in last week’s mitigation testing and 115 total positive COVID-19 tests on the Bloomington campus. The COVID-19 dashboard also reports 223 individuals in Bloomington were instructed to quarantine as a close contact. 

The positivity rate is a decrease from the week prior, when the COVID-19 dashboard reported a 0.5% positivity rate and 151 positive tests. 

Live-in greek-life students had a 0.2% positivity rate from 1,467 tests. Live-out greek-life students had a 0.7% positivity rate from 1,627 tests. Residence hall students had a 0.4% positivity rate from 8,237 tests, and all other off-campus students had a 0.4% positivity rate from 6,754 tests. 

Live-in greek-life students saw the largest change in positivity rate, decreasing from 0.5% the week prior to 0.2% last week. 

There were 20,068 mitigation tests conducted in Bloomington last week. That is the third consecutive week of a declining number of total tests. However, this corresponds with students beginning to receive the COVID-19 vaccine, and those who are fully vaccinated are no longer being selected for testing, according to IU. 

According to the state’s vaccination dashboard, those between the ages of 20-24 make up the largest percentage of people in Monroe County — 11.9% of the county’s vaccinations — who have received at least one dose of the COVID-19 vaccine. 

The average response time on a mitigation test remained at 22 hours for the fifth consecutive week. 

Ashton Residence Center had a decrease in occupancy from 8% to 1.8%. 

The COVID-19 dashboard also reports a 0.4% COVID-19 prevalence rate on the Bloomington campus. This is unchanged from last week’s update.

April 7

IU reported a 0.5% positivity rate for COVID-19 mitigation testing as well as 151 total new positive cases on the Bloomington campus. That is the most new cases in a week IU has reported since November. 

The 0.5% mitigation testing positivity rate is the highest IU has reported since January. 

Last week’s testing also moved IU-Bloomington past 8,000 total cases between students, faculty and staff since July 2020. 

Additionally, 257 individuals were instructed to quarantine as a result of being a close contact. 

Live-in greek-life students had a 0.5% positivity rate from 1,560 tests. Live-out greek-life students had a 0.6% positivity rate from 1,895 tests. Residence hall students had a 0.6% positivity rate from 9,085 tests, and all other off-campus students had a 0.2% positivity rate from 7,690 tests. 

Mitigation tests last week had an average response time of 22 hours. 

IU reports a 0.4% COVID-19 prevalence rate on the Bloomington campus, which is unchanged from last week’s update. 

Ashton Residence Center saw an increase in its occupancy, rising from 4.1% to 8% currently. 

IU conducted 22,216 mitigation tests last week, a slight decrease from the week prior. However, IU is no longer selecting students who are fully vaccinated to be tested. IU has not released any data on how many students have received vaccine doses. Students should self-report their vaccine to IU through a form on One.IU.

According to the state’s vaccine dashboard, 1.3% of individuals in the 16-19 age group as well as 4% of individuals in the 20-24 age group have received either at least one dose of the Moderna or Pfizer vaccine or the one-shot Johnson & Johnson vaccine. In Monroe County, 25,947 individuals are fully vaccinated as of Tuesday’s update. Across the state, 1,266,129 Hoosiers are fully vaccinated.

March 31

IU reported a slightly decreased COVID-19 mitigation testing positivity rate from last week’s testing — dropping from 0.44% to 0.37% — as well as 122 total new cases on the Bloomington campus in its latest COVID-19 dashboard update. 

Of the 122 positive tests, 116 were Bloomington students and six were Bloomington faculty and staff. In addition to those tests, 231 individuals were instructed to quarantine.

Live-in greek-life students had a 0.4% positivity rate from 1,816 tests. Live-out greek-life students had a 1% positivity rate from 1,945 tests. That is the highest positivity rate for live-out greek-life students since early January. 

Residence hall students had a 0.4% positivity rate from 9,610 tests, and all other off-campus students had a 0.2% positivity rate from 7,775 tests. 

That brings a total of 23,092 mitigation tests on the Bloomington campus including faculty and staff . That is nearly 3,000 more tests than were conducted the week prior. Off-campus, non-greek-life affiliated students had the largest increase in tests between the week of March 14 and the data in this update coming from the week of March 21. 

Mitigation tests had an average response time of 22 hours last week. 

IU also reported 11 positive tests on the Bloomington campus from symptomatic testing and 17 self-reported COVID-19 cases. IU has a total of 7,998 positive COVID-19 cases on the Bloomington campus during the entire pandemic. 

The dashboard reports a 0.4% COVID-19 prevalence rate on the Bloomington campus, the same as last week’s update. 

Ashton Residence Center had a decline in occupancy from 7.6% to 4.1%. 

Additionally, the vaccination age eligibility in Indiana dropped to 16 on Wednesday. IU students can sign up at any location in Indiana if they present their Indiana address. Students can sign up for an appointment through the state website.

March 24

IU reported a 0.44% positivity rate in mitigation testing on the Bloomington campus over the last week, the highest percentage since 0.86% in the Jan. 3 COVID-19 dashboard update. Of the 120 IU-Bloomington students, staff and faculty members who tested positive last week, 93 came from mitigation testing. 

Additionally, 266 individuals were instructed to quarantine for being a close contact. 

Live-in greek-life students had a 0.6% positivity rate from 2,023 tests. Live-out greek-life students had a 0.6% positivity rate from 1,884 tests. Residence hall students had a 0.6% positivity rate from 10,172 tests, and all other off-campus students had a 0.2% positivity rate from 4,784 tests. 

There were 20,903 mitigation tests in Bloomington last week, which is a second consecutive week of decreasing number of tests. IU’s goal remains to test 50,000 students across all campuses every week. It has yet to achieve that goal. 

Off-campus students are seeing the biggest drop off, going from over 8,700 tests in the March 3 and 10 updates to the nearly 4,800 in this week’s update, though the dashboard claims all off-campus students in Bloomington are being selected for testing. 

The dashboard reports mitigation tests have a 22-hour average response time. 

On Feb. 21, IU reported a 0.12% mitigation positivity rate in Bloomington which is still the lowest to date. However, the positivity rate as well as the prevalence rate has been rising progressively in the three weeks since. The Bloomington campus prevalence rate is now 0.4%. 

Ashton Residence Center — IU’s quarantine and isolation dorm —  rose to 7.6% occupancy, after being at 0% since the March 10 dashboard update. 

Additionally, 14 positive cases were self-reported to IU, and seven people tested positive in symptomatic testing. Across all campuses, nine people tested positive in voluntary asymptomatic testing — that testing data is not broken down by campus.

March 10

After last week’s record-low 0.12% COVID-19 mitigation testing positivity rate for the Bloomington campus, the positivity rate increased to 0.16% in IU’s March 10 dashboard update. The positivity rate across all campuses increased from 0.11% to 0.17%. 

On the Bloomington campus, 58 individuals tested positive last week — 54 students and four faculty and staff members. Across all campuses, 99 individuals tested positive. Data in this update covers testing from the week of Feb. 28 to March 6. 

Live-in greek-life students had a 0.2% positivity rate from 2,061 tests. Live-out greek-life students had a 0.3% positivity rate from 2,140 tests. Residence hall students had a 0.2% positivity rate from 11,024 tests, and all other off campus students had a 0.1% positivity rate from 8,800 tests. 

Residence hall students and live-in greek-life students are still being selected for testing twice each week, according to the dashboard. The average response time for mitigation tests was 22 hours. 

IU conducted roughly the same amount of mitigation tests last week as the week prior, with roughly 600 more tests across all campuses for a total of 38,956. In Bloomington, there were 26,890 mitigation tests last week, a decrease of 51 tests compared to the week before. 

In last week’s testing, IU passed 400,000 total mitigation tests conducted across all campuses. IU has administered 404,461 total mitigation tests. In the last four weeks, IU has conducted just over 140,000 mitigation tests across all campuses. 

However, this number is still below IU’s goal of 50,000 tests per week. 

According to the dashboard, the Bloomington campus’ COVID-19 prevalence increased to 0.2% this week from 0.1%. IU’s quarantine and isolation facility — Ashton Center — is listed at 0% occupancy. 

Five students and faculty and staff members in Bloomington self-reported positive tests last week, and nine individuals tested positive in symptomatic testing. 

There was a 0.7% positivity rate — four positive tests out of 612 — for voluntary asymptomatic testing. IU only reports voluntary asymptomatic testing data for the entire university and does not break down the data for individual campuses.

March 3

IU reported a record-low COVID-19 mitigation testing positivity rate — 0.12% — on the Bloomington campus for the week of Feb. 21. The school’s COVID-19 testing dashboard also reported 45 new positive cases in Bloomington across all forms of testing. 

In 2021 alone, IU has set new record positivity rates in mitigation testing four times. The previous low was 0.16% over the week of Feb. 7. Since Jan. 17, the weekly positivity rates have all been lower than 0.3%, and the rate has only been higher than 0.4% once in 2021. 

There were 31 positive mitigation tests out of 26,950 conducted in Bloomington, the most mitigation tests conducted on the campus in a single week. Across all campuses, IU conducted 38,259 mitigation tests, which is also the most tests university-wide in an individual week. 

All live-in greek-life and residence hall students continue to be selected twice each week for testing.

Live-in greek-life students had the highest positivity rate at 0.3% out of 2,149 tests, declining from 0.7% the week prior. Live-out greek-life students had a 0.2% positivity rate out of 2,199 tests. Residence hall students had a 0.1% positivity rate out of 11,038 tests. Off-campus students had a 0.1% positivity rate from 8,751 tests. 

The average response time on mitigation tests last week was 27 hours, according to the dashboard. 

The Bloomington campus’s overall mitigation testing positivity rate dropped to 1.1% in the March 3 update. The prevalence rate decreased to 0.1% from 0.2% for the Bloomington population. 

Five additional positive tests came from symptomatic testing, and six new cases were self reported to IU. Of the 45 total new cases reported on the dashboard, only three were from faculty and staff. 

IU does not report its voluntary asymptomatic testing data broken down by campus. Across all campuses, there were 611 tests with three positive results, a 0.5% positivity rate. 

Ashton Residence Center, IU’s quarantine and isolation facility, currently has 1% of its rooms in use. IU does not report how many students equate to that 1%. 

IU’s continued record-setting mitigation testing numbers and declining total number of new coronavirus cases each week coincides with a continued decreasing amount of COVID-19 spread in Indiana. On Monday and Tuesday, the state reported fewer than 600 new cases both days. The last time Indiana had fewer than 600 new cases in a day was Sept. 20.

Feb. 24

IU reported a 0.17% COVID-19 mitigation testing positivity rate, the second lowest rate of the pandemic, in last week’s data for the Bloomington campus. The school’s COVID-19 testing dashboard, which updates every Wednesday, reported 58 new positive tests in Bloomington last week and 341 individuals needing to quarantine. 

The Bloomington campus’ lowest mitigation testing positivity rate was 0.16% the week of Feb. 7. 

According to the dashboard, all undergraduate students in Bloomington were requested to be tested last week, and all students living in residence halls or greek houses were requested to test twice. 

However, last week’s heavy snow meant students did not have to apply for an exemption if they were unable to make it to the testing facility. As a result, IU had fewer total tests last week than the week prior. 

The dashboard reports 20,025 mitigation tests on the Bloomington campus, compared to 25,462 results last week. It’s unknown how many exemptions IU granted in last week’s testing in addition to those who missed testing because of the weather. 

IU conducted 36,538 total mitigation tests the week of Feb. 7 across all campuses, but only 27,677 mitigation tests across all campuses last week. 

Live-in greek-life students had a 0.7% positivity rate from 1,441 tests — a higher rate compared to the week prior. Live-out greek-life students had a 0.2% positivity rate from 1,554 tests. Those living in residence halls had a 0.1% positivity rate from 8,086 tests. Students living off campus had a 0.1% positivity rate from 6,646 tests. 

Comparatively, there were 3,014 total tests for live-in greek-life students the week prior, and 15,356 tests for residence hall students. 

People who completed mitigation testing received results in about 21 hours on average last week. 

The dashboard reports a 0.2% prevalence rate of COVID-19 cases in Bloomington, unchanged from last week’s update. 

Bloomington had 12 additional positive tests in its symptomatic testing program, and 11 more self-reported cases from students testing positive through the state or other private clinics. 

Since July 2020, the dashboard reports 7,222 total positive tests from students and 400 positive tests from faculty and staff. 

Ashton Center, IU’s isolation and quarantine residence hall, currently has a 1% utilization rate. That is down from 1.7% in last week’s update. 

Feb. 17

IU reported a 0.2% positivity rate in last week’s COVID-19 mitigation testing, as well as 56 total positive test results across all forms of testing and 332 individuals instructed to quarantine in Wednesday’s dashboard update. 

This update includes testing data from the week of Feb. 7, the first week on-campus residents were tested twice per week. IU conducted 36,538 mitigation tests across all campuses last week and 25,462 mitigation tests in Bloomington alone. 

The four main groups selected for mitigation testing in Bloomington — live-in greek-life students, live-out greek-life students, residence hall students and off-campus students — had 0.2% positivity rates last week. Live-in greek-life students had 3,014 total tests conducted, and residence hall students had 15,356 total tests conducted.The dashboard reports both of those groups were tested twice each last week. 

Last week’s data included IU’s 200,000th mitigation test in Bloomington since the program started in August. Bloomington has a cumulative mitigation positivity rate of 1.4%.

IU has consistently stated a goal of 50,000 tests per week across all campuses. The IDS reported Tuesday IU accepted 12,000 exemptions last week, which would have brought IU’s total to nearly 50,000 if those tests had been conducted. 

Mitigation, asymptomatic and symptomatic testing in Bloomington all had an average response time of 22 hours last week. 

The dashboard also reported a 0.2% prevalence rate, a decrease from 0.5% in last week’s update. 

Eight additional cases in Bloomington were self-reported to IU last week. 

Faculty and staff across all campuses had a 0.1% positivity rate out of 4,849 mitigation tests. In voluntary asymptomatic testing, 10 people tested positive out of 913 tests across all campuses.

Feb. 10

IU reported a 0.2% positivity rate for rapid response on-arrival testing for students living in residence halls or greek houses in Bloomington on Wednesday in its COVID-19 dashboard update. IU also reported a 0.3% positivity rate for mitigation testing over the week of Jan. 31 in Bloomington. 

Mitigation testing positivity rates in Bloomington have been generally stagnant over the last month. 

The dashboard reports 68 total positive results in Bloomington across all forms of COVID-19 testing data. From Bloomington’s mitigation testing, 39 people tested positive. Additionally, 296 people were instructed to quarantine as a close contact. 

With all on-campus residents planning to return for the spring semester back in their residence halls or greek houses, Bloomington’s COVID-19 prevalence rate increased slightly to 0.5% from 0.2% the week prior. 

IU conducted 13,254 mitigation tests in Bloomington last week, and 19,771 mitigation tests in total across all campuses as it moves toward its goal of 50,000 mitigation tests per week. 

From the 101 live-in greek-life students tested, no one tested positive. More live-in greek students will be selected for mitigation testing now that they have moved back in. Dr. Aaron Carroll, IU’s director of mitigation testing, said in his weekly Wednesday webinars in the fall semester IU plans to test every live-in greek house student and residence hall resident at least once a week this semester. 

Residence hall residents had a 0.2% positivity rate out of 684 tests. The number of administered tests will also largely increase in next week’s dashboard update since residence hall residents are back on campus. Live-out greek-life students had a 0.4% positivity rate out of 1,584 tests. All other off-campus students had a 0.4% positivity rate out of 7,646 tests. 

Mitigation tests in Bloomington send results back to students in 22 hours on average, according to the dashboard. That is a slightly higher average than last week’s update. 

There were 22 additional COVID-19 cases self-reported on the Bloomington campus. Because of last’s week on-arrival testing, students are living in Ashton Center, IU’s quarantine and isolation facility, for the first time since just after Thanksgiving. The dashboard reports 1.2% of Ashton’s rooms are currently being used.

Feb. 3

In the first week of its reformatted and expanded COVID-19 dashboard, IU reported 68 total positive cases out of all types of testing, 353 individuals who should be in quarantine as a close contact and a 0.2% positivity rate on mitigation testing for the week of Jan 24. 

IU’s dashboard update features a complete formatting overhaul to improve readability. Previously, the dashboard had the majority of the data  — like voluntary testing and results from different groups like greek-life and off-campus students — compiled into a long block of text at the top of the page. Those numbers are now moved into their own sections. 

The update also features new information, including average response times on mitigation, symptomatic and voluntary tests. Mitigation tests had an average response time for results of 19 hours. 

The dashboard includes students who self-reported a positive COVID-19 test but were tested through the state’s clinics and not IU’s. 

About 3,000 cases were self-reported in Bloomington, according to the dashboard. That total makes up slightly less than half of IU’s total COVID-19 cases. 

This newly public data has drastically increased the total number of COVID-19 cases at IU since July. IU has had 7,081 students in Bloomington test positive for COVID-19 including the self-reported data, a significantly higher number than the dashboard previously reported. There have been nearly 11,000 total positive cases across all campuses for students, faculty and staff. 

Once on-campus residents begin to be selected twice a week for mitigation testing, there will be more tests than people tested listed on the dashboard. IU’s Medical Response Team — led by Dr. Aaron Carroll, Dr. Cole Beeler, Dr. Adrian Gardner and Dr. Lana Dbedio — said that is when the prevalence rate becomes a more accurate measure of COVID-19 spread on campus. The week of Jan. 24 had a 0.2% prevalence rate in Bloomington. 

The dashboard also shows data from Indiana’s state dashboard for comparison to IU’s numbers. 

The new dashboard will eventually include a specific listing of what groups of students — for example if dorm residents were required to have extra testing on a given week — were selected for testing on a given week. In this week’s data, the dashboard just lists a “representative sample” being taken. 

Voluntary asymptomatic testing now has its own section on the dashboard. IU spokesperson Chuck Carney said he anticipates that eventually a section for vaccine distribution will be added on the dashboard, but that requires data sharing agreements with the state that are not yet formalized. 

Carney said these updates are based on feedback IU received from the general public during the fall. 

Live-in greek-life students had a 0.4% positivity rate in 755 tests. Live-out greek-life students had a 0.3% positivity rate in 1,599 tests. Dorm residents had a 0% positivity rate in 700 tests, and all other off-campus students had a 0.3% positivity rate in 6,755 tests. 

Bloomington’s quarantine and isolation facility — Ashton Center — continues to have no  listed occupants. On-campus students are returning over the course of this week.

Jan. 27

IU’s COVID-19 dashboard reported Wednesday a record for the lowest positivity rate, 0.28%, on the Bloomington campus in last week’s mitigation testing. 

There were 11,484 total mitigation tests conducted in Bloomington with only 32 positive results. That is the most mitigation tests in an individual week on the Bloomington campus.

For the entire IU system, there were 19,259 tests, with only 84 positive results. That comes to a positivity rate of 0.44%, which is also the lowest overall positivity rate IU has reported. The previous campuswide record was last week’s dashboard update, showing a rate of 0.65%. 

Live-in greek-life students had a 0.2% positivity rate in 541 tests. Live-out greek-life students had a 0.3% positivity rate in 1,527 tests. Dorm residents had a 0.2% positivity rate in 628 tests, and all other off-campus students had a 0.3% positivity rate in 6,838 tests. 

Out of 4,108 faculty and staff tested across campuses, there were 14 positive cases, which is a positivity rate of 0.2%. 

The weekly prevalence rate, or roughly what percentage of the population is infected with COVID-19, is 0.3% for the Bloomington campus. That is also a record low. 

IU’s dashboard said next week’s update will have a new design and layout, stating it will be a “data-forward” design with current and expanded testing information. No specifics were shared about what new testing information will be shown. 

Members of the IU community have raised concerns that IU’s dashboard is neither transparent enough nor updated often enough. The University of Illinois, for example, updates its dashboard every day. 

Dr. Aaron Carroll, IU’s director of mitigation testing, said throughout the fall in Wednesday webinars he felt the dashboard was transparent enough and didn’t care what the Yale professors’ COVID-19 dashboard rating system said about IU’s. 

This story may be updated when more information becomes available on the expanded data coming next week.

Jan. 20

IU reported a 0.39% positivity rate — 35 positive results out of 9,064 tests — for the Bloomington campus in Wednesday’s dashboard update for COVID-19 mitigation testing for the week of Jan. 10-16. This week has the second lowest positivity rate on the Bloomington campus since IU began mitigation testing in August.

The lowest rate for the Bloomington campus came the week of Dec. 13 — when IU conducted its smallest total of tests because few students were in town with Christmas the following week. 

However, the overall mitigation testing positivity rate for all of IU’s campuses last week was the lowest IU has reported since mitigation testing started.

[Related: See our coronavirus coverage here]

IU also conducted its most mitigation tests in a single-week last week, with nearly 18,000 mitigation tests conducted. IU conducted over 200,000 total mitigation tests across all campuses. 

As more students returned to campus this semester, IU conducted about 2,300 more tests last week than the first week of January. The mitigation testing positivity rate decreased last week from the week of Jan. 3. 

Off-campus residents make up a majority of testing because they arrive in Bloomington in larger numbers in early January. Of 5,178 off-campus, non-greek affiliated students tested, 0.5% were positive. That is a decrease from 1.2% the week before. 

Most students who live on campus have structured arrival dates beginning later in January.

[Related: IU-Bloomington finalizing plans to be COVID-19 vaccine distribution site]

Live-in greek-life students had a 1% positivity rate of 104 tests. Live-out greek-life students had a 0.4% positivity rate out of 903 tests, down from 1.1% the week prior. No data was reported in last week’s dashboard update for live-in greek-life students. 

Dorm residents had a 1% positivity rate from 519 tests. There are not any students isolating or quarantining in Ashton Residence Center as of Wednesday’s update.

Of 5,021 faculty and staff members tested across all campuses, only 0.3% were positive. Of 1,315 voluntary asymptomatic tests across all campuses, 1.4% were positive.

Jan. 13

IU resumed COVID-19 mitigation the week of Jan. 3 and reported a 0.86% positivity rate — 58 positive results out of 6,745 mitigation tests. The dashboard update, the first of 2021, covers testing data from Jan. 3-9.

IU-Bloomington had a 28.95% symptomatic testing positivity rate.

Related: [Read our COVID-19 coverage here]

Live-in greek-life students were not selected for mitigation testing last week. This is because few, if any, have returned to Bloomington as most houses are scheduled to have students arrive later in January. 

Live-out greek-life students had a 0.9% positivity rate in 355 tests. All other off-campus students had a 1.2% positivity rate in 3,597 tests.

Dorm residents had a 0.5% positivity rate in 431 tests.

Related: [IU to test all students weekly for COVID-19, those in dorms to be tested twice weekly]

Staff and faculty across all campuses returned a 0.7% positivity rate out of 4,894 tests.

Voluntary asymptomatic testing of students, faculty and staff across all campuses had a 1.5% positivity rate out of 3,974 tests. Neither of those numbers is part of the overall mitigation testing data.

The testing data reported in this dashboard update brought the Bloomington campus to a calculated prevalence rate — the percentage of people currently infected with a disease — to 0.8%.

Ashton Center is currently empty. Since IU began reporting Ashton’s capacity data in September, this is the first time the dorm has been empty after a week of mitigation testing.  There are fewer students in town because of winter break, but Ashton had some students living there over Thanksgiving break, as well as early in winter break.

Much of the data from this update and the next month will be from on-arrival testing, which began on Jan. 3. But it does not appear IU will have a separate tally for on-arrival data like it did in the fall. IU listed results for on-arrival testing in its own category on the testing dashboard in August.

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