(last updated October 27, 2020)

The following metrics are updated daily, Monday through Friday, and are based on the data reported to VCU Student Health Services and Employee Health. VCU provides testing for students experiencing symptoms related to COVID-19. Learn more about testing and screening.


Active cases
Active cases are the number of people who have tested positive and are in isolation either on-campus or off-campus. Any reduction in cases indicates individuals being cleared to return to work or class.

Isolation and quarantine
Isolation separates those who test positive from people who are not sick. Quarantine separates and restricts the movement of those who may have been exposed to see if they become sick. Isolation and quarantine information presented below is specific to on-campus residential students. Off-campus students and employees may also be isolated or quarantined. Any reduction in cases indicates individuals being cleared to return to work or class.

Symptomatic testing
This is the number of tests conducted for those with symptoms of COVID-19. This number includes the number of tests conducted at VCU Health testing sites as well as those that are conducted outside of VCU and later self-reported.  

Asymptomatic prevalence testing
VCU tests a percentage of asymptomatic community members Monday through Thursday to gauge the proportion of people with COVID-19 in the VCU community. VCU's Public Health Response Team monitors the asymptomatic positivity rate as an indicator of the prevalence of COVID-19 in our community. The goal is to test 5% of residential students and 2% of non-residential students and employees on a monthly basis.

Entry testing
Residential students were mailed test kits to conduct COVID-19 testing prior to move-in. VCU restricts move-in for students who test positive. Positive entry test results were received prior to the start of classes and are not included in the active case totals.

% positive
This is the percentage of total tests in each category.

Total cases
The total case number is the number of VCU community members who have been known to test positive for COVID-19 since the start of classes. This table shows the changes in active cases over time. 

Total tests
This table shows the number of tests in each test category. VCU continues to conduct symptomatic testing and prevalence testing. Entry testing was conducted for residential students prior to move-in.


Active cases
  • Active student cases of COVID-19: 9
  • Active employee cases of COVID-19: 8
  • As reported to Student Health Services and Employee Health. See reporting requirements below.
Symptomatic testing
  • Positive: 334
  • Negative: 968
  • Total: 1302
  • % Positive: 25.7%
Asymptomatic prevalence testing
  • Positive tests: 6
  • Negative tests: 2255
  • Total: 2261
  • % Positive: 0.26%*
  • Results reported as of October 27, 2020. Results will be updated as they become available.
Entry testing
  • Positive tests: 15
  • Negative tests: 4433
  • Total: 4448
  • % Positive: 0.3%
On-campus isolation and quarantine
  • Residential students currently in isolation on-campus: 10
  • Residential students currently in quarantine on-campus: 22
  • Total number of residential students: 4,234

*VCU's Public Health Response Team monitors the asymptomatic positivity rate as an indicator of the prevalence of COVID-19 in our community. This rate is monitored alongside the Richmond area's positivity rate as reported by the Virginia Department of Health (VDH). Representatives of VDH work closely with VCU's Public Health Response Team to guide our decision-making process. The Richmond percent positivity seven-day moving average as of Oct. 23 is 4.2%. Note, VDH does not track positivity rates by symptomatic and asymptomatic, which makes direct comparisons difficult. VCU and VDH are working together to determine a comparable metric accounting for the differences in population size and other factors and continue to work in partnership to monitor the prevalence of COVID-19 in our community.

Total cases

DateNew student cases of COVID-19New employee cases of COVID-19
Week ending Aug. 235811
Week ending Aug. 30721
Week ending Sept. 4533
Week ending Sept. 11297
Week ending Sept. 18161
Week ending Sept. 25133
Week ending Oct. 2103
Week ending Oct. 9181
Week ending Oct. 16182
Week ending Oct. 23105
Oct. 2622
Oct. 2711
Total cases30040

Total tests

Test typeNegativePositiveTotal
Symptomatic968 3341302
Total tests7656 3558011

About this dashboard

VCU's COVID-19 dashboard provides transparent details about the number of positive cases in our community and additional numbers related to testing, numbers of those in quarantine and in isolation. The dashboard will be updated daily Monday through Friday and will be the most accurate way to track COVID-19 at VCU.

It is important to note that VCU will not widely communicate details about individual cases to the community or to media out of respect for the privacy of any COVID-19 patients. Several privacy laws apply to the communication of information about students, employees, and patients that could result in the unintentional disclosure of individual health information and status. For this reason, VCU plans on providing data on the dashboard in an aggregated format and does not provide information on particular groups or specific locations so as to avoid the inadvertent identification of individuals' health information and status.

Working with our partners in the Virginia Department of Health, our Student Health and Employee Health offices will work to notify individuals reported to them who may have been exposed to a confirmed COVID-19 so that they may monitor their own health symptoms and self-quarantine.

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