SCSU’s weekly COVID-19 numbers; Oct. 16, 2020

SCSU increases in number of positive cases. Photo credit: cdc.gov

St. Cloud State University released their COVID-19 numbers for the sixth week after they started reporting on Sept. 11, 2020.

For the week of Oct. 7 through Oct. 13, SCSU had 20 reported student cases, three reported employee cases, and zero students in on-campus quarantine and isolation.

Reported cases are defined on their dashboard as cases with a positive COVID-19 test result, which is reported to the college or university by public health officials or by the individual student or employee.

This is down from the previous week of Sept. 30 through Oct. 6, which had 24 reported student cases, zero reported employee cases, and three students in on-campus quarantine and isolation.

There were 189 student cases and 36 employee cases reported to MINNSTATE on Oct. 14, 2020 for this reporting cycle.

MINNSTATE has reported 1497 student cases and 115 employee cases system-wide and SCSU has reported 105 student cases and nine employee cases since the start of the fall semester.

SCSU moved to at a yellow safety level with updates made on Fridays with data from the previous Wednesday through Tuesday.

University Communications sent out an email on Friday, Oct. 16 at 11:53 a.m. explaining the color change.

“As you review the dashboard – please note that our campus safety level is updated from green to yellow,” wrote University Communications in the email. “This is not a change related to an increasing rate of COVID-19 cases in our campus community. This is a precautionary measure in response to increasing cases in area communities.”

More information about what it means was shared in the email. At this time, campus operations will continue as normal. The SCSU community is asked by the University to take every precaution they can to mitigate the spread of the virus.

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