Loyola’s testing facilities reported 59 COVID-19 cases between Nov. 2 and Nov. 9, according to Loyola’s coronavirus dashboard. Prior to this week, the university had seen a total 73 confirmed COVID-19 cases since July.
This brings the university’s total confirmed cases to 130.
During those seven days, 10 percent of the 581 COVID-19 tests administered by Loyola’s Wellness Center came back positive, according to the dashboard as of Nov. 10. This is the largest percentage of tests to come back positive in one week since the semester began, nearly doubling the previous week’s 6 percent positivity rate which had been the highest since the university started testing.
This comes as Chicago’s COVID-19 cases also continue to rise. The city’s current seven-day test positivity rate is 13 percent, up from last week’s 10 percent, according to Chicago’s coronavirus dashboard.
Illinois’ COVID-19 positivity threshold is 8 percent, meaning if the state’s overall positivity rate reaches or exceeds that for three consecutive days it may indicate a resurgence in the disease, according to the Illinois Department of Public Health.
Loyola surpassed a test positivity rate of 8 percent Nov. 4 and the university’s test positivity rate has remained above the threshold since. This means Loyola’s test positivity rate has exceeded Illinois’ threshold for five days, according to the university’s coronavirus dashboard as of Nov 10.
It’s unclear if Loyola has a different threshold as it has a different sized population.
Loyola announced Oct. 28 students would be allowed to return to and live on campus next semester, The Phoenix reported.