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USC COVID-19 update: Active cases remain in 30s, USC offers incentives for testing

There are 38 active coronavirus cases at the University of South Carolina, down one from the last reported case count, according to Tuesday’s COVID-19 dashboard update

The active case count has hovered in the 30s over the past week.

Of the 38 cases, five are employees and 33 are students. From Oct. 2 to Oct. 5, 1,024 students and university employees were tested, with 419 of those tests still awaiting results. Over the past few weeks, the number of people tested has fluctuated between 800 and 1,600. 

This week, the university started offering different incentives to encourage testing. On Tuesday, students received T-shirts with their saliva tests. Students can get saliva tested at Davis Field and behind the Center for Health and Well-Being throughout the week. Times and additional information can be found on the university’s COVID-19 website.

Those with symptoms should make a telemedicine appointment through MyHealthSpace.

Twenty-two quarantine/isolation rooms out of a total of 828 are in use. This is up three spaces from Friday. Quarantine/isolation housing is located in Bates West, the National Advocacy Center, SpringHill Suites and the Holiday Inn Express on Washington Street.

The overall percent positive rate for Oct. 2 to Oct. 5 is 0.5%.

A total of 2,456 people have recovered from the coronavirus at USC since Aug. 1. There have been 2,494 cases since that same date. 

The alert level remains at the lowest level, called “new normal.” The alert level is calculated using 11 factors, including testing, on-campus case burden and quarantine/isolation capacity. 

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


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