CU Boulder’s confirms 6 cases of COVID-19 as students begin move-in | #students | #parents

Six cases of COVID-19 have been detected by the University of Colorado Boulder since the institution began welcoming students back to campus for the fall semester, according to the university’s coronavirus dashboard.

Between Aug. 11 and Monday, CU Boulder conducted 588 COVID-19 tests and confirmed six positive cases. Five of those cases were found Monday as 1,200 students descended on the state’s largest university as part of a week-long move-in process, extended in order to make campus less populated in order to fight the spread of the new coronavirus.

To be admitted into the dorms, students moving into on-campus housing needed to either provide university officials with a negative COVID-19 test from within the past five days or test negative upon arrival via a rapid-result test provided by CU Boulder.

CU Boulder Chancellor Phil DiStefano said the administration knew there would be an increase in coronavirus cases once students began returning.

“Our testing capabilities exceed those of the community,” DiStefano said during a CU Board of Regents meeting last week. “We will be discovering asymptotic and presymptomatic carriers”

Students who tested positive had the option to head back home if they’re local or be admitted to quarantine dorms on campus.

According to the dashboard, 2% of CU Boulder’s dedicated quarantine space was in use as of Monday evening. CU officials have not said how many students can be accommodated in the campus’s quarantine housing.

The testing does not account for positive tests taken at outside sites. Off-campus students will not be tested before coming onto campus to take courses, some of which are in-person and some which are online.

During a CU Board of Regents meeting last week, Regent Sue Sharkey, R-Castle Rock, said she was concerned that only students living on campus would be checked for COVID-19.

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