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USC COVID-19 Update: Sept. 8, 2020

The University of South Carolina now has 654 active coronavirus cases on campus, according to the latest update of the university's COVID-19 dashboard.

Of the active cases, 640 are students and 14 are employees. This week's active case count is down 631 cases from last Friday's active count of 1,167.

Today, the university resumed saliva testing for students with a new capacity of 200 tests, down from 900 last week. Faculty must go to 650 Lincoln to get tested via nasal swab. 

Between Sept. 4 and Sept. 7, 347 students and 160 employees were tested. The total positive rate of the week was 19.1%, up from the prior reporting period's (Sept. 1 to Sept. 3) 17.4%. There are 329 tests still pending.

The isolation and quarantine dorms are now at 65.5% capacity with 399 spaces used and 34.5% available, that being 210 spaces. 

The overall total for cases on campus is now 1,904 cases, with 1,872 of those being students and 32 of those being employees. 

The campus alert level remains “low,” which is the second-lowest level on the alert scale. The alert level is calculated using 11 factors, including testing, case burden and quarantine/isolation capacity. 

The COVID-19 dashboard will be updated every Tuesday and Friday. 


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