Boulder County on Thursday tallied seven coronavirus cases, and the University of Colorado Boulder launched a dashboard to track tests and positive results ahead of the fall semester.
The tests will be completed by CU Medical Services, and the dashboard will not include results for staff, faculty or students who may have been tested elsewhere, according to a news release.
“This concentrated and proactive approach to testing is expected to lead to an increase in the number of positive cases recorded for the campus,” Dan Jones, associate vice chancellor for integrity, safety and compliance, stated in the release. “This safety measure will allow the campus to better identify and isolate students who could have unknowingly spread the virus if they had not been tested.”
Students moving into residence halls were asked to complete a test within five days prior to moving in, the release said, and students can only move in with a negative result. The campus will test students who have not been tested.
Students who test positive will either be asked to isolate at home if they live within 250 miles, or isolate in a provided space on campus.
“With any large group of people coming to our community, particularly from areas where there are high levels of coronavirus activity, we will see increased transmission of this virus,” Boulder County Public Health Executive Director Jeff Zayachsaid in the release. “We are hopeful that the testing and isolation plan the university has in place will minimize any spread on campus and to the greater Boulder County community.”
In the last seven days, the university has tested 199 individuals, according to the dashboard, with zero cases returning positive.
The university also established its own contact tracing program.
The seven cases the county recorded Friday brings the total to 2,137. Of those, 190 have been hospitalized, and 822 have recovered. The death toll remains at 76, and there are 143 disease investigations in progress.
The overall percent of positive tests in the county on Thursday was 4.6, and the five-day average percent of positive tests was 2.1, data shows. Boulder County Public Health said 2.1% is the lowest rate the county has seen.
With the influx of residents the start of CU’s fall semester will bring, the number of people testing positive will also increase. The health department in the release suggests monitoring the five-day average percent of positive tests “as a more accurate reflection of virus activity and risk in the community.”
The goal is so stay below five percent of positivity, the release said.
Statewide, there have been 52,538 positive or probable cases. There have been 1,888 deaths among the cases, and of those, there have been 1,768 deaths due to the coronavirus. There have been 6,718 people hospitalized. Of Colorado’s roughly 5.7 million population, 616,772 people have been tested for the virus.
Boulder County cases by age:
- 0-9: 51
- 10-19: 203
- 20-29: 688
- 30-39: 267
- 40-49: 269
- 50-59: 246
- 60-69: 162
- 70-79: 127
- 80+: 107
Some data may be missing due to ongoing disease investigations and reporting delays, the health department notes.