University Reports 15 Positive Cases, New Downtown Testing Location Available

The number went down from 17 in the previous week. The total positivity rate is 0.21 percent.

By Yiwen Lu, Managing Editor

A UChicago Forward update sent on Friday reported 15 new cases for COVID-19, down from 17 during last week. As of Friday, the total number of positive cases is 107, leading to an overall positivity rate of 0.21 percent.

This week’s new cases had 195 close contacts. Less than five students are isolating on campus. Among off-campus students, eight are in isolation. To date, 64 students have been cleared from isolation.

For fully vaccinated individuals who will participate in the University’s voluntary testing programs, the weekly testing will start this month. 

Students and staff who have enrolled in the University’s mandatory or voluntary COVID-19 testing program can choose to receive their test at Chicago Booth’s downtown Gleacher Center location. The location will become available on October 19, and it will be open twice a week on Tuesday and Friday from 9 a.m.–5:30 p.m. 

Friday marked the deadline for complying with the University’s employee vaccination requirement. Employees are asked to either upload their proof of vaccination or anticipated dates of vaccination—if not fully vaccinated—or apply for medical or religious exemptions. According to the email, more than 91 percent of University employees have been vaccinated, while the goal is to achieve as close to a 100 percent vaccination rate as possible.