Delaware Public Media

COVID-19 cases grow on university campuses in Delaware

Sep 10, 2020

Delaware’s largest university reports 66 cases of the coronavirus since classes started last week. 

All but one of the University of Delaware’s cases are among students. 

Delaware State University— which is a fraction of UD’s size— has recorded 35 cases. That’s out of more than 7,300 students, faculty and staff tested since July. 

Officials at UD could not provide a total number of tests run.

The two schools are taking very different approaches to testing students. 

DSU requires students, faculty and staff to get tested twice a week in order to be on campus. DSU spokesperson Carlos Holmes said Thursday its less than .5 percent positivity rate makes the school feel good about the decision to mostly reopen residential life. He said students are taking the situation seriously.

UD is testing those exposed to the virus and high-risk individuals as well as some students chosen randomly. The school is aiming for 1,000 tests a week. 

UD announces cases through an online COVID-19 case dashboard. DSU is working to develop a similar tool, but Holmes said Thursday it will likely be several weeks before it launches.