The university’s public health website and Return to Campus Guide are sources of information allowing the campus community to remain updated on COVID-19 information related to campus as well as local and state communities.
The below COVID Careful Dashboard is part of that information sharing, and the dashboard will be updated regularly. It provides a snapshot of confirmed COVID cases among members of the campus community.
Members of the campus community are required to self report a positive test result to the university via the UC COVID Check app. Or members of the campus community may report by means of COVIDWatch@uc.edu. Positive test results may come as a result of symptomatic or exposure testing as well as random sample prevalence testing performed at UC or by other providers, e.g., municipal health department.
Regional information on confirmed cases among individuals known to be members of the campus community is also provided to the university by the City of Cincinnati Health Department and other regional health departments.
The university is conducting weekly random sample prevalence testing of student populations. Random testing includes both students within University Housing and those students in the neighborhoods adjacent to the Uptown Campus. The testing model the university follows is recommended for higher education institutions by both the Ohio Department of Health and the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.
Please note that while testing models now in use help determine prevalence and help guide decision making around needed education, communication, community and consequences, no testing model nor any testing results are the determinants that will stop spread. Any test or testing is just a snapshot of one moment in time. We ask our entire campus community to remain vigilant. Even if you receive a negative test result, that is no guarantee that your negative status couldn’t change quickly.
So, no matter the scale or scope of testing or the result of any one test, behavior is the most important means and tool in our collective toolkit for preventing spread and infection. We know that we all need to comply with preventative measures that are proven to be effective in preventing viral transmission. When health behaviors are consistently and conscientiously practiced, the risk to the entire community is significantly reduced. These include
- Social distancing (required on UC’s campus)
- Facial coverings (required on UC’s campus)
- Hand and surface hygiene and cleaning (required on UC’s campus)
- Staying home when ill (required of all members of the campus community)
Please be mindful. And remember, University Health Services requires that all members of the campus community (as well as campus visitors) self report via the UC COVID Check app or to COVIDWatch@uc.edu in the event of the following:
- Anyone who has been diagnosed with COVID-19, a positive test result for COVID-19 or is being tested due to symptoms suggestive of the infection.
- Anyone with close contact with an individual confirmed to have COVID-19 by laboratory testing or with a presumptive diagnosis of COVID-19, meaning not tested but diagnosed by a physician as likely to have the infection.
- Anyone having symptoms consistent with COVID-19, including flu-like symptoms with chills, muscle aches, diarrhea, cough, shortness of breath or fever. In addition, the sudden loss of the sense of smell or taste can be an early sign of COVID-19 and should be immediately reported.
- Anyone returning from international travel, regardless of country traveled from.
- Anyone returning from travel by cruise ship.
- Anyone entering Ohio after travel to states reporting positive testing rates of 15% or higher for COVID-19.
From Dr. Christopher Lewis, MD, Professor of Family and Community Medicine, UC College of Medicine
It’s clear that our students, faculty and staff are working together to keep our campus community safer in this unparalleled time. But as in any public health crisis, there is always more work to do and ways we can further advance our collective efforts. Our dashboard below is beginning to show a pattern – a midweek spike in positive test results, likely linked to greater social activities the prior weekend. So, as a physician who has seen the effects of COVID-19, I’d ask our entire campus community – many of whom are already doing so much – to do just a little bit more to ensure our community remains healthy, strong and safe every day of the week.
COVID Careful Dashboard
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Note: The university is conducting weekly random sample prevalence testing of student populations. Random testing includes those within University Housing and those students in the neighborhoods adjacent to the university. The testing model the university follows is recommended for higher education institutions by both the Ohio Department of Health and the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. Nevertheless, neither testing nor testing results will stop spread. Behavior is the most important means for preventing spread and infection.