Last week of mandatory testing results in 117 COVID-19 cases

Vanderbilt reported 117 cases for the week of Nov. 9-15 on its dashboard.

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The Zerfoss Student Health Center, pictured above, serves to “enhance the academic experience of students by providing quality primary healthcare services in a nurturing and cost-effective manner,” according to its website. (Hustler Multimedia/Alex Venero)

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Vanderbilt reported 117 COVID-19 cases for the week of Nov. 9-15 on its dashboard this morning. There were 6,874 tests administered and a case positivity rate of 1.70 percent.

This marks the fourth week in a row with over 80 COVID-19 cases, and three of the last four weeks have had at least 100 positives. Nov. 12 had 31 student cases and is tied for the highest individual student count with Oct. 23.

Davidson County currently has a case positivity rate of 8.5 percent, as updated today, while the statewide case positivity rate is higher at 12 percent, as of Nov. 13.

Undergraduate students finished their final weekly mandatory testing period Nov. 8 to Nov. 10 this past week and were allowed to register for optional testing held Nov. 16-18. In-person classes are still being held this week and end for the semester on Friday, Nov. 20.

In their Nov. 9 Return to Campus email, the university emphasized the need for students to continue following all university protocols to avoid being exposed to COVID-19 and testing positive or being identified as a close content of a person who has been confirmed to be positive for COVID-19. 

“Students who need to isolate or quarantine over the next two weeks may not be able to return home on the date they currently plan to do so,” the email reads. 

The university also noted that the most cautious approach upon returning home or visiting somewhere else during break is to quarantine for the first 14 days.

“This is a time to rest and restore and connect as safely as possible with friends and family,” the email reads. “It is important for everyone to think about how they will care for themselves, their friends, their family and their community during Thanksgiving week, for the rest of the semester and through the extended winter break.”