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Duke reports 9 new positive COVID-19 tests for students, 3 for faculty and staff out of 15,187 total.

There were 12 new positive coronavirus tests at Duke between Oct. 3 and Oct. 9, out of 15,187 total tests, according to data released Monday on the University’s COVID-19 testing tracker.

Among students, there were nine positive coronavirus tests out of 13,594 total, for a positivity rate of 0.066%. This number includes five positives among students who participated in surveillance testing, out of 13,431 total. 

Additionally, three of 133 tests were positive among students who had symptoms or were determined to have been in close contact with someone who tested positive, and one of 30 entry tests for returning students came back positive.

There were also three new positive tests among faculty and staff out of 1,593 total, for a positivity rate of 0.188%. None of the 1,411 surveillance tests came back positive, and all three positives were among the 182 tests conducted on faculty and staff who were symptomatic or contact traced.

This week’s nine positive tests among students is less than the 15 reported the previous week, and the three positive tests among faculty and staff also decreased from last week’s five. There are now a total of 15 active positive cases at Duke, according to the tracker—11 among students and four among faculty and staff.

Duke further scaled up its testing compared to last week, with 602 more tests for students and 31 more tests for faculty and staff—resulting in a lower positivity rate for students, faculty and staff this week. 

In total, 149 people were placed in precautionary quarantine and 103 were released, according to Monday’s update. A total of 12 people were placed in isolation and 22 were released. 

Since Aug. 2, Duke has administered 87,657 tests and reported a total of 107 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. Student-athletes are now lumped in with other students in the weekly updates.


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