Loyola COVID-19 Test Positivity Over Seven Percent

Courtesy of Loyola University ChicagoAs students head home for winter break, Loyola's COVID-19 test positivity rate test positivity rate hit 7%, the highest it has been this semester.

As students head home for winter break, Loyola’s COVID-19 test positivity rate is the highest it has been since Nov. 2020. 

Loyola’s seven day rolling average COVID-19 test positivity hit 7.22% as 41 people tested positive for the virus as of Dec.18 according to Loyola’s testing dashboard.  

Shortly after Labor Day, Loyola’s positivity rate peaked at 3.5% Sept. 12 with another, smaller spike — 2.51% from Nov. 28 to Dec. 3 — occurring right after Thanksgiving.

Loyola’s COVID-19 dashboard only includes tests administered by the university — not self-reported cases confirmed by a third-party test site as The Phoenix  reported

Loyola’s positivity rate is above Chicago’s seven day rolling average, which stands at 4.9%, and above the Illinois test positivity rate which stands at 6.2% as of Dec. 17. 

The spike comes as a new COVID-19 variant, the Omicron variant, emerges and has been detected in 40 states, according to the US Centers for Disease Control.

It also comes as Loyola announced a requirement for students, faculty and staff to receive booster shots as soon as they’re eligible.
Several colleges and universities have started altering plans due to concerns over COVID-19. DePaul is going virtual for the first two weeks of their winter quarter, The DePaulia reported, while schools like Cornell University in New York and George Washington University in D.C. have had to shut down campus due to COVID-19 surges.

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