NYU Reports Uptick in Positive COVID-19 Cases On Campus


An email sent on Friday suggested an increase in student socialization and failure to adhere to safety protocols to be the cause.

Morgan Pryor
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NYU’s COVID Prevention and Response Team (CPRT) reported an uptick in positive COVID-19 cases last week, according to a university-wide email sent on Friday.

This trend comes after some improvement was observed over the past two weeks, with January’s high positivity rate declining, according to the CPRT. The two likely causes of the recent increase in positive cases, as stated in the email, are an increase in students socializing and eating together in small groups, and students not following basic public health protocols, such as by holding gatherings.

The email noted, “In addition but unrelatedly, the University suspended half-a-dozen students this week for their involvement in planning, organizing, and participating in parties.”

NYU Senior Vice President of Student Affairs Marc Wais encouraged students to continue adhering to COVID safety protocols so that in-person instruction, campus operations, and any potential ease of restrictions are not jeopardized.

The email suggested that students “avoid in-person social meet-ups with friends and family” (especially when masks are not worn), do not throw parties, avoid crowds and social events, and reconsider dining indoors.

“We need you to please keep up the conscientious behavior you’ve shown since August, and not to let your guard down,” the email said.

From the data collected beginning last Monday, Feb. 15, to Sunday, Feb. 21, there have been 73 positive cases across multiple campus locations in New York City, with a .50% positivity rate.

Total cases across all campus locations and from all testing sources from the same time period is 94. This includes “those who have tested positive from any source, but excludes those who tested positive but are determined not to have been at a campus location for a 14-day period,” the NYU COVID dashboard web page reads.

Since Aug. 1, there have been 1,366 positive cases across the university’s NYC campus locations, excluding School of Medicine and NYU Langone Health students or employees. Across all campus locations, there have been 1,855 cases, with an average .48% positivity rate.



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