Nine Positive COVID-19 Results and 14 Reported Cases Since Student Move-In

Administrators reported a 0.18 percent positivity rate in the University’s first two weeks of surveillance testing, and said two students were removed from housing for autumn quarter for violations of COVID safety precautions.


University of Chicago

University administrators presented this COVID dashboard to students as part of their weekly COVID update on 10/2/2020

By Miles Burton and Matthew Lee

Out of 4,979 tests administered by the University of Chicago as part of its on-campus housing move-in program between September 20 and October 1, nine have returned positive for COVID-19, according to an update email sent to university members Friday afternoon. In sum, 14 university affiliates have tested positive for COVID-19 between September 20 and October 1. Six of the confirmed cases were students living off campus.

The email also noted “a small cluster of COVID-19 cases this week involving students at the Harris School of Public Policy,” connected to off-campus interactions. 

Administrators have undertaken some disciplinary action for violations of COVID safety guidelines. After the first week of the quarter, “two students were removed from on-campus housing for the rest of Autumn Quarter for violations of University and City of Chicago public health requirements, and other students who have been in large groups outdoors while violating public health requirements have received final warnings.” Dean of Students in the University Michele Rasmussen also sent students an email discussing safe socialization practices Friday afternoon.

The UChicago Accident/Incident Reporting System (UCAIR) has received “211 reports concerning COVID-19 issues” since September 20, per the email. “The most common problems reported were failure to observe six feet of social distancing, and failure to wear face coverings appropriately.” UCAIR has also received complaints about students gathering off-campus.

In an email to The Maroon, University spokesperson Jeremy Manier said additional functions will be added to the University’s new COVID-19 dashboard over the coming week, including the ability to sort data by time frame. Presently, the dashboard is a static image.