(last updated July 23, 2021)
The following metrics are updated weekly and based on the data reported to VCU Student Health Services and Employee Health. Learn more about testing and screening for COVID-19 at VCU. The spring 2021 dashboard is available here. The fall 2020 dashboard is available here.
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.
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 surveillance testing
VCU tests a percentage of asymptomatic community members. VCU's Public Health Response Team monitors the asymptomatic positivity rate as an indicator of the prevalence of COVID-19 in our community. The asymptomatic surveillance testing pool does not include community members who are vaccinated and have reported their vaccination (students and employees) to the university.
Residential students are mailed test kits to conduct COVID-19 testing prior to move-in. VCU restricts move-in for students who test positive.
A limited number of “at-will” COVID-19 testing appointments are available on a first-come, first served basis for VCU students and employees as long as they are asymptomatic, have not been exposed to someone who tested positive for COVID-19 and do not already have a scheduled test as part of the asymptomatic surveillance testing process. At-will testing is voluntary and is offered at no cost.
This is the percentage of total tests in each category.
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 the semester. This table shows the changes in active cases over time.
This table shows the number of tests in each test category. VCU continues to conduct symptomatic testing and asymptomatic surveillance testing. Entry testing is conducted for residential students prior to move-in.
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 July 19 is 6%. Note, VDH does not track positivity rates by symptomatic and asymptomatic, which makes direct comparisons difficult.
|Date||New student cases||New employee cases|
|Week ending May 21||1||0|
|Week ending May 28||1||2|
|Week ending June 4||0||0|
|Week ending June 11||0||0|
|Week ending June 18||0||0|
|Week ending June 25||1||0|
|Week ending July 2||0||1|
|Week ending July 9||1||2|
|Week ending July 16||1||1|
|Week ending July 23||4||0|
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 summer 2021 dashboard will be updated weekly.
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 will provide 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 quarantine.
Students and employees who test positive for COVID-19 or experience symptoms related to COVID-19 must report it to Student Health Services or Employee Health by calling 1-804-MYCOVID or 1-804-692-6843. Student Health Services and Employee Health Services report information to the Virginia Department of Health (VDH). VCU and the Virginia Department of Health work together to contact those who are known to have been exposed to someone who tests positive for COVID-19 so they may monitor their health and quarantine.
Student Health Services and Employee Health refer individuals with symptoms for testing at VCU Health testing sites. Students and employees who test at a primary care physician or other non-VCU affiliated testing facility, must self-report their test results to Student Health Services or Employee Health. VCU does not refer individuals to outside facilities and informs students and employees that, if they choose to test outside of VCU, they must report test results. Student Health Services conducts extensive case management with those who report symptoms and test positive, as well as works with contact tracers to contact those who may have been exposed, and actively follows up with students who are referred for testing but have not yet reported results.