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Positive COVID-19 cases rise at UD

Delaware News Desk
The number of University of Delaware students who have tested positive for COVID-19 rose to hit 34, the university announced Sept. 18.

The number of University of Delaware students who have tested positive for COVID-19 rose to hit 34, the university announced Sept. 18.

This bump comes as the university ramps up its testing of those without symptoms.

Fourteen of the 34 positive results came from asymptomatic testing on campus. The previous day, UD tested 754 individuals; the 14 positives represent a positivity rate of 1.89%.

Students and employees are selected at random for asymptomatic testing taking place Mondays and Wednesdays on the UD campus. Students can make an appointment for testing at bit.ly/33Ekc1b if they have no symptoms of COVID-19. Efficiently identifying asymptomatic individuals who are unknowingly shedding COVID-19 is a critical step in containing this pandemic.

The university's COVID-19 Data Dashboard — available at udel.edu/home/coronavirus/dashboard — is updated each weekday to reflect the number of positive cases. Tallies include students and employees who have physically been on campus in the days leading up to testing positive and students living in off-campus housing within downtown Newark.