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Duke reports less than 100 new COVID-19 cases in a week for first time since Aug. 2

<p>Test tubes for Duke's self-administered COVID-19 surveillance tests.</p>

Test tubes for Duke's self-administered COVID-19 surveillance tests.

For the first week since the fall semester began, Duke has reported less than 100 coronavirus cases among students, faculty and staff. 

The period from Sep. 6 to Sep. 12 saw just 37 positive results out of the 22,312 tests that were administered, for a positivity rate of 0.17%.

Nine cases were among faculty and staff, with the other 28 among students. The positivity rate for faculty and staff was 0.56%, while the positivity rate for students was 0.14%. 

Of the 50 active cases at Duke, 34 are student cases, while 16 are among faculty and staff. The tracker does not currently contain information about the number of individuals in isolation and/or quarantine. 

This case load marks a significant decline from last week, when 126 students, faculty and staff tested positive for COVID-19. The case numbers have been dropping each week since the period from Aug. 23 to 29, when  304 undergraduates, 45 graduate students and 15 employees tested positive for COVID-19. 

In an Aug. 30 email to the Duke community, University administrators announced new gathering, masking and learning policies. Masks are currently required indoors and outdoors unless the individual is eating or drinking or exercising alone. Indoor group seating has been suspended at dining locations on campus.

The email stated that the guidelines put in place as of  Aug. 30 would be “subject to review in two weeks’ time,” but Duke students have not yet been informed of any policy changes as of Monday afternoon.

Anna Zolotor | News Editor

Anna Zolotor is a Trinity junior and news editor of The Chronicle's 117th volume.


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