Eight Santa Fe College students and one employee reported testing positive for COVID-19 between Feb. 23 and Monday — the same number of cases as last week.
The college’s total number of reported positive cases since March 8 is now 696, according to a report provided by Santa Fe spokesperson Jay Anderson.
Based on a timeline determined by Santa Fe’s contact tracing team, one student and one employee 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. 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.
Using the numbers provided in the report, 24.32% 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, 31.15% of those who reported feeling sick to Santa Fe tested positive for COVID-19.
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