Fifteen Santa Fe College faculty, staff and students reported testing positive for COVID-19 between Feb. 9 and Monday — a decrease of four cases since last week.
Santa Fe’s total number of reported positive cases is now 678, according to a report provided by spokesperson Jay Anderson. The college recorded its first student case March 8. Since Jan. 19, the college’s COVID-19 numbers have fluctuated, with the highest number of reported positive cases being 37 in one week.
Based on a timeline determined by Santa Fe’s contact tracing team, seven students and two employees may have been positive while on campus, according to the report. However, the team determined this did not result in any additional exposures.
Santa Fe does not require routine testing, meaning its case numbers are all self-reported. If someone exhibits COVID-19 symptoms or sickness, they’re treated as a presumptive positive case and made to isolate whether they are tested or not.
Based on the numbers provided, 23.44% of students and employees who reported feeling sick this week tested positive for COVID-19. This percentage was calculated using the total number of opened cases, which includes people who reported feeling sick to the college regardless of whether they were tested, and the total number of reported positive cases.
Since March, 31.32% of those who reported feeling sick to Santa Fe tested positive for COVID-19.
This article has been updated to reflect that the college’s COVID-19 numbers have fluctuated since Jan. 19. The Alligator initially reported otherwise.
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