Salisbury University has recorded 0.8% coronavirus positivity in tests returned so far this week following Thanksgiving break, with just 16 of the 2,116 tests administered identifying positive samples on Tuesday and Wednesday, according to SU’s COVID-19 dashboard.
SU continues the trend of low positivity it sustained throughout much of the fall semester despite the rest of the nation now grappling with massive spikes in coronavirus cases as a result of the holiday.
The state’s positivity rate has also risen, now climbing to 7.68%, per the dashboard.
All mandatory COVID-19 tests administered this week for students, faculty and staff will continue to be given in SU’s new testing site located in Maggs Physical Activities Center.
University members who do not participate in the mandatory round of testing this week risk losing access to campus facilities beginning Dec. 7, according to a recent Stay Informed email.
Students, faculty and staff yet to sign up for a test may schedule one here.
SU welcomed students back to campus Monday as the only institution in the entire University System of Maryland to continue in-person instruction after Thanksgiving with a combination of in-person, virtual and hybrid-formatted classes.
SU President Charles Wight praised the entire campus’ efforts that have allowed the university to remain open.
“The steps [students, faculty and staff] have taken are what has set SU apart from its peers,” Wight said in a press release.
Wight previously said the university does have contingency plans in place to convert into a fully online format at any point if the risk becomes too great to continue in-person instruction for the remainder of the semester.
SU will also be offering optional coronavirus testing on Dec. 7, Dec. 8, Dec. 14 and Dec. 16, which are scheduled to be administered in the Great Hall inside Holloway Hall.
For more information on SU’s monthly testing protocols or to view the latest university COVID-19 test results, visit https://www.salisbury.edu/coronavirus/testing-info.aspx.
By JAKOB TODD
Featured image courtesy of Salisbury University Instagram page.