UGA positive COVID cases sharply decline in weekly reporting

UGA positive COVID cases sharply decline in weekly reporting

The number of University of Georgia students reporting positive COVID-19 tests fell significantly last week, the university reported Wednesday. The university reported a total of 421 positive tests for the week of Sept. 7-13. Almost all (404) were students. The previous week, the university recorded 1,412 COVID-19 infections through its "DawgCheck" reporting system, which relies primarily on voluntary reporting. Of those, 1,402 were students, one was a faculty member and 14 were staff. DawgCheck is based on data from four sources: surveillance testing at Legion Field, for people without symptoms; testing done at the University Health Center, for people who do have symptoms; reports from medical providers; and other reports. UGA workers and students are required to report when they test positive for COVID-19. The number of positive tests at the University Health Center also fell sharply, from 405 two weeks ago to 94 last week, which included the Labor Day holiday. The positivity rate for the 1,655 asymptomatic students, faculty and staff who volunteered to be tested at UGA’s Legion Field testing site also declined, the UGA University Health Center reported. Two weeks ago, UGA reported that overall, 9.08% of the tests at Legion Field came back positive, almost all of them students. Last week, the overall positivity rate declined to 7.61%, according to UGA’s numbers. Of the 1,373 students tested at Legion Field, 123 were positive, a positivity rate of about 9%. One out of 119 faculty members and two of the 163 staff who ...
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