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Sunday, May 09, 2021

Santa Fe College COVID-19 update: Nine students reported testing positive last week

The college's total number of reported cases is now 719

<p><span id="docs-internal-guid-76665d78-afbd-6fcf-7b95-987bc825b4f0"><span id="docs-internal-guid-76665d78-afbd-6fcf-7b95-987bc825b4f0">Pictured is the Santa Fe College clock tower. </span></span></p>

Pictured is the Santa Fe College clock tower. 

Nine Santa Fe College students reported testing positive for COVID-19 between March 23 and Monday. 

The college’s total number of reported positive cases since March 8, 2020 is now 719, according to a report provided by Santa Fe spokesperson Jay Anderson. The school’s enrollment in Fall 2020 was 13,996.

Based on a timeline determined by Santa Fe’s contact tracing team, one student may have been positive while on campus. 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 by students and faculty. If someone exhibits COVID-19 symptoms or sickness, they’re treated as a presumptive positive case and made to isolate, regardless of whether they are tested. 

Using the numbers provided in the report, 32.14% 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, as well as the total number of reported positive cases. 

Since March 2020, 30.87% of those who reported feeling sick to the college tested positive for COVID-19.

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Juliana Ferrie

Juliana Ferrie is a second-year UF journalism student. She is excited to be working for The Alligator as the Santa Fe Beat reporter. In her free time, you can find her reading or listening to music.

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