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USC COVID-19 update: Aug. 21

The university updated its COVID-19 dashboard Friday, showing that the university is currently facing 44 active student cases and two active employee cases. This is based on data gathered as of Aug. 20. 

New cases per day are up to 28, compared to five on Thursday. The amount of total active COVID-19 cases has also gone up to 46, compared to 26 Thursday. Both of these counts are the highest for the past week. 

During the week of Aug. 14 to Aug. 20, 2,221 students and 495 employees were tested. This is up from the week prior, when 1,484 students and 254 employees were tested.

The student positive test rate is at 1.6%, compared to 0.4% the week before, while the employee positive rate went down from 1.2% to 0.4%. 

The isolation and quarantine spaces, which are Bates West and the National Advocacy Center respectively, have now used 4.9% of their capacity, with 14 out of 285 available spots being used.

In total since Aug. 1, there have been 90 student cases and 10 employee cases. 

The university updates these numbers every Friday. Be sure to check back here for weekly updates.

Editor's note: An earlier version of this article said there were 271 total spots available for isolation and quarantine rooms, but there are 285 total spots.