Loyola Reports 41 New COVID-19 Cases Around Thanksgiving

Courtesy of Loyola University ChicagoLoyola reported 41 new COVID-19 cases from Nov. 16 to Nov. 30.

Loyola reported 41 new COVID-19 cases from Nov. 16 to Nov. 30, according to the university’s COVID-19 dashboard.

These numbers reflect the tests administered the week before Loyola’s week-long Thanksgiving break and during the week of the break, which was from Nov. 23 to Nov. 27. Only tests administered by the university are reported to the dashboard, self-reported cases confirmed by a third-party testing site aren’t reflected, The Phoenix reported.

The university conducted a total of 746 tests over the two weeks and reported a positivity rate of 5.5 percent. The positivity rate shows a decrease from the week before, Nov. 9 to Nov. 16, when the positivity rate was 9.28 percent, The Phoenix reported.

The Loyola men’s basketball team announced Nov. 16 it had suspended practices after a “majority” of the team tested positive for COVID-19, The Phoenix reported

Over the same two weeks, Chicago reported a daily average of 1,478 new COVID-19 cases — a decrease from the previous week’s 1,998 average daily cases. The city’s positivity rate also dropped down, it currently sits at 11.5 percent compared to the previous week’s 12.6 percent. 

Although students had an entire week off for Thanksgiving, the university advised students against travel, The Phoenix reported. Loyola said it received many inquiries from students about “exit testing” or getting a test to ensure they’re virus-free before traveling, but the school said it didn’t have the capacity to fulfill those requests.

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