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Six new student positives, none for faculty and staff in weekly COVID-19 testing update

There were six new positive coronavirus tests among students between Aug. 29 and Sept. 4, out of 6,551 total, according to data released Monday on the University’s COVID-19 testing tracker.

That number includes two positives among students who participated in surveillance testing, out of 6,251 tests, and all four students who had symptoms or were determined to have been in close contact with someone who tested positive. None of the 296 entry tests Duke performed were positive.

None of the 289 tests performed on faculty and staff were positive, including 183 surveillance tests and 106 tests on people who were symptomatic or contact traced. 

Duke reported six student positives last week as well, though no surveillance tests were positive in last week’s update. There were three positives among faculty and staff last week. 

Eighty-three students were placed in precautionary quarantine and 38 were released from quarantine between Aug. 29 and Sept. 4, according to Monday’s update. Six were isolated and eight were cleared to return to normal campus activity.

Four faculty or staff were put in quarantine, and 11 were released. Five were released from isolation, and no new faculty or staff were told to isolate. 

Since Aug. 2, Duke has administered 23,880 tests and reported a total of 52 positives among faculty, staff and students. The University has conducted multiple kinds of testing, including entry testing of every returning student, testing based on contact tracing and pooled surveillance testing of asymptomatic people. 

Separately, Duke reported 26 positive tests among student-athletes, who began a phased return to campus July 12. 

Correction: An earlier version of this story incorrectly listed cumulative test numbers for faculty and staff instead of weekly numbers. The Chronicle regrets the error.


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