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KU reports increase in COVID-19 cases, positivity rate

University of Kansas
Posted at 5:25 PM, Aug 28, 2020
and last updated 2020-08-28 18:25:58-04

KANSAS CITY, Mo. — The number of COVID-19 cases at the University of Kansas more than doubled during a 72-hour stretch this week.

In a message Friday to the university community, KU Chancellor Douglas Girod said as of Thursday night, 474 COVID-19 tests had come back positive for a positivity rate of 2.18 percent.

In his message Tuesday, Girod reported 222 positive tests and a positivity rate of 1.14 percent.

RESOURCE | KU COVID-19 testing dashboard

The positivity rate increased to more than 10 percent among the schools fraternities and sororities, where nine houses were placed in quarantine this week due to COVID-19 outbreaks.

In his Friday message, Girod said the school’s Pandemic Medical Advisory Team is monitoring the data “and considering it along with more than 30 factors to inform our decisions and evaluate the state of campus operations.”

He added the numbers so far are “in line” with expectations, and “what we are prepared to manage.”

“While the KU and Lawrence communities are experiencing new positive cases as a result of this testing, we also know that identifying positive cases in our population and moving them into isolation and ensuring that close contacts enter quarantine protocols is the best way to stop the spread of the virus,” Girod said. “The quarantine orders issued by county health officials this week help to reinforce the importance of following these proper protocols for our community.”