A week after UF recorded some of its lowest Spring semester COVID-19 cases, on-campus testing and off-campus quarantine numbers experienced a slight uptick in positive results.
Since March 8, nine UF employees and 116 students have tested positive through on-campus sites. The week prior, 11 employees and 20 students tested positive. Cumulative cases increased to 9,148 positive tests recorded since March 18 as of Monday.
The seven-day average for positive results collected on campus also increased to about 1% on Friday, breaking the below 1% streak that began Feb. 25.
Quarantine numbers increased for the first time since Feb. 18 on March 9, when they jumped by 41 individuals to a total of 262. That number has since increased to 383 people on Monday.
Students in Greek life or on-campus residence halls who don’t have in-person classes were no longer mandated to be tested biweekly starting Monday, according to new guidelines from the Screen, Test & Protect program. Starting March 22, available testing hours will be shortened at the Ben Hill Griffin stadium and Curtis M. Phillips Center locations.
UF Health Shands Hospital had 10.38% adult ICU availability (27 beds) on Tuesday, and North Florida Regional Medical Center had 18.75% (9 beds), according to the Agency for Health Care Administration of Florida.
A total of 58,025, or about 22% of county residents, have been vaccinated in Alachua County, according to the FDOH in Alachua as of Tuesday. Of these residents, 14,527 have received one dose and 43,498 have received two.
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Manny Rea is a journalism sophomore and the current health reporter for The Alligator. He worked as a copy editor in his freshman year before moving over to the Avenue in summer 2020. He likes to listen to dollar-bin records and read comics, and he is patiently waiting to go back to movies and concerts.