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Reporting COVID-19 Cases On-Campus

Please Note: With the conclusion of the fall semester, this dashboard will be updated weekly on the following Fridays: Dec. 4th, Dec. 11th, and Dec. 18th. Spring daily updates will resume on Monday, January 11th.

COVID-19 Data Dashboard

The dashboard below is best viewed on a desktop, or horizontally on a mobile device. You can also view the dashboard on Tableau Public. Please Note: The website and dashboard may temporarily have differing figures during data update periods in late morning, as the various data sources update.

Confirmed Cases

New Positive Cases - December 4

(# of new positive cases made known to the University as confirmed through university testing, surveillance testing, and self-reporting over past 24 hours or 72 hours for weekend case counts reported on Monday)

Students

12

Employees*

2

Subcontractors

0

Weekly Confirmed Positives Cases - November 23 - November 29

(total # of new positive cases known to the University for the week specified above)

Students

12

Employees*

2

Subcontractors

1

Cumulative Positive Confirmed Cases Since July 1

(total # of positive cases known to the University since July 1, 2020)

Students

426

Employees*

22

Subcontractors

6

On-Campus Testing

Number of Tests Administered - December 4

(# of molecular and antigen tests performed on-site at University Health Service, in the Athletics Division, or off-campus through a 3rd party, sub-contracted by the university, over the last 24 hours; some individuals may receive more than one test, but all tests are included below)

Symptomatic

Students

82

Employees*

40

Athletics and Other Surveillance

Students

452

Employees*

141

Positivity Rate - November 23 - November 29

(calculated once per week based on number of tests administered on campus for the week specified above)

Number of Tests Administered

715

Number of Tests Returned Positive

10

Percent of Positive Tests to Tests Administered

1.4%

Isolation/Quarantine

The Center for Disease Control (CDC) defines isolation as separating sick people with a contagious disease from people who are not sick, while quarantine separates and restricts the movement of people who were exposed to a contagious disease to see if they become sick. Those people in quarantine have been exposed to someone that has COVID-19, but have not tested positive for COVID-19.

Total # of Beds Reserved On-Campus for Isolation/Quarantine of On-Campus Students

95

Total # of University Isolation/Quarantine Beds On-Campus Currently in Use

0

Total # of Students Currently in Self-Isolation/Quarantine Off-Campus Per University Instructions

(off-campus; regardless of place of residence)

78




*The Employee category represents Western Carolina University full-time and part-time faculty and staff.

Detailed information about county cases is available at the Jackson County Department of Public Health or Buncombe County Department of Public Health. All counties can be found on the NC Department of Public Health and Health Services dashboard.

Instructions for Self-Reporting for COVID-19 Testing

For Students

If you have been tested at location other than Health Services, please complete the COVID testing self-report at info.wcu.edu/selfreport

Once submitted, a representative of WCU Health Services will be in contact shortly to help support your ongoing medical care.

For Employees

Employees who have been notified of a confirmed positive COVID-19 test should immediately self-isolate at home and contact their supervisor as soon as possible to notify them.

Specific protocols may be viewed at COVID-19 Diagnosis/Symptoms Protocols for Employees and Supervisors.

Additional Resources

COVID-19 Diagnosis/Symptoms Protocols for Employees and Supervisors

WCU Faculty and Staff Resources

How to Return to Work Safely Guide

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