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Testing Update: February 15-21, 2021

Duke University’s comprehensive COVID-19 testing and contact tracing program administered 18,977 tests to 9,577 students and 2,712 tests to 1,436 faculty/staff for the period Feb. 15-21 with a total of 25 positive results.

Among students there were 11 positive results, identified through surveillance testing for asymptomatic students as well as tests for those exhibiting symptoms. The individuals who tested positive have been placed in isolation, while those identified as potential contacts have been placed in precautionary quarantine. The total positivity rate was 0.12 percent.

The full announcement of testing results is posted to Duke Today.

Testing data is also available on our Testing Tracker, which is updated every Tuesday.

Testing Update: February 8-14, 2021

Duke University’s comprehensive COVID-19 testing and contact tracing program administered 19,929 tests to 10,44students and 2,809 tests to 1,524 faculty/staff for the period Feb. 814 with a total of 20 positive results.  

Among students there were 13 positive results, identified through surveillance testing for asymptomatic students as well as tests for those exhibiting symptoms. The individuals who tested positive have been placed in isolation, while those identified as potential contacts have been placed in precautionary quarantine. The total positivity rate was 0.09 percent. 

The full announcement of testing results is posted to Duke Today.

Testing data is also available on our Testing Tracker, which is updated every Tuesday.

Testing Update: February 1-7, 2021

Duke University’s comprehensive COVID-19 testing and contact tracing program administered 20,020 tests to 10,434* students and 2,839 tests to 1,593 faculty/staff for the period Feb. 1-7, with a total of 56 positive results.

Among students there were 40 positive results, identified through surveillance testing for asymptomatic students as well as tests for those exhibiting symptoms and one final baseline/gateway test. The individuals who tested positive have been placed in isolation, while those identified as potential contacts have been placed in precautionary quarantine. The total positivity rate was 0.24 percent.

The full announcement of testing results is posted to Duke Today.

Testing data is also available on our Testing Tracker, which is updated every Tuesday.

*This number has been corrected; we inadvertently included the total number of individuals tested (12,027) instead of the number of individual students tested in the initial post. 

Testing Update: January 25-31, 2021

Duke University’s comprehensive COVID-19 testing and contact tracing program administered 23,008 tests to students and 3,339 tests to faculty/staff for the period January 25-31, with a total of 76 positive results.

Among students there were 54 positive results, identified through gateway testing and frequent surveillance testing for asymptomatic students as well as tests for those exhibiting symptoms.

The individuals who tested positive have been placed in isolation, while those identified as potential contacts have been placed in precautionary quarantine. The total positivity rate was 0.29 percent.

The full announcement of testing results is posted to Duke Today.

Testing data is also available on our Testing Tracker, which is updated every Tuesday.

Information about Summer 2021 Plans for UG Students

The message is being sent to all Duke undergraduate students.

January 28, 2021

Dear undergraduate students,

We are writing with some important news about Duke’s plans for Summer 2021. Here are the highlights:

  • Summer Sessions I and II will include on-campus, in-person classes as well as remote offerings.
  • Duke-supported outgoing undergraduate summer travel—both global and domestic—will be suspended.
  • Duke will offer expanded in-person and remote co-curricular programming, through existing and new programs currently in development.
  • All undergraduate students participating in summer courses will be able to live in Duke campus housing.
  • For the first time, students participating in many Duke co-curricular programs—including summer internships, research, service, and civic engagement programs—will be eligible for Duke campus housing, based on availability.

Registration for Summer Session I and II courses will be delayed for a few weeks in order to provide time for these changes to be broadly communicated and to allow for additional courses and activities to be considered. The new Summer Session registration dates are:

  • February 22nd—shopping carts (book bags) open
  • March 1st—registration opens

Given the extent of global travel restrictions and the uncertainties around vaccinations, Duke will suspend all outgoing undergraduate Duke-supported travel—both global and domestic—this summer. This includes programs like Study Abroad and Duke Engage. We know that this decision impacts many popular programs and will disrupt students’ summer plans. However, Duke is developing and expanding alternative student summer opportunities—including summer coursework, research programs, professional development workshops, and virtual internship opportunities. We encourage you to check the Keep Exploring website for updates on co-curricular and experiential programs. We plan to restart global travel activities as soon as it is safe and feasible to do so, given local and international travel restrictions.

Students enrolled in in-person programming on campus this summer will be required to participate in COVID-19 testing and observe all COVID-19 protocols, which will include masking and social-distancing.

We have created a FAQ that provides further details about Duke’s summer plans: Summer Session FAQ. If you have additional questions, please contact keeplearning@duke.edu.

As always, many thanks for all you’re doing to support and keep our community safe during these uncertain times.
Best regards,

Sally Kornbluth
Provost
Jennifer Francis
Executive Vice Provost 
Gary Bennett
Vice Provost of Undergraduate Education 
Mary Pat McMahon
Vice Provost of Student Affairs

Testing Update: January 18-24, 2021

Duke University’s comprehensive COVID-19 testing and contact tracing program administered 27,865 tests to students and 2,716 tests to faculty/staff for the period Jan. 18-24, with a total of 82 positive results.

Among students – who were required to be tested before they could begin their classes and on-campus activities – there were 62 positive results, identified through gateway testing and frequent surveillance testing for asymptomatic students as well as tests for those exhibiting symptoms.

The individuals who tested positive have been placed in isolation, while those identified as potential contacts have been placed in precautionary quarantine. The total positivity rate was 0.27 percent.

The full announcement of testing results is posted to Duke Today.

Testing data is also available on our Testing Tracker, which is updated every Tuesday.

Authorization for Employee Health to Provide COVID-19 Care

Duke Employee Occupational Health and Wellness (EOHW) is here to support the health of faculty and staff during this challenging time. In order to do so, every employee needs to complete the consent process to allow EOHW to provide the necessary guidance, support, and care in the event of COVID-19 infection or exposure. 

Without this consent, EOHW will be unable to order COVID-19 labs or view results without a signed authorization for release of medical information form.

Email notifications are being distributed requesting employees to provide authorization through the REDCap system. The email and the domains linked within are legitimate. The links will not be included in this post as they are unique to each recipient. If you have any questions regarding this email or any issues accessing the links within, please contact the OIT Service Desk: https://oit.duke.edu/help.

If you do not know your NetID or password, consent using the link provided below and contact the OIT Service Desk ((919) 681-2200 or visit https://oit.duke.edu/help) to have your NetID and password reset.

Testing Update: January 11-17, 2021

Duke University’s comprehensive COVID-19 testing and contact tracing program administered 18,465 tests to students and 3,077 tests to faculty/staff for the period January 11-17, with a total of 76 positive results. Among students – who are required to be tested before they can begin their classes and on-campus activities  there were 49 positive results, identified through gateway testing and frequent surveillance testing for asymptomatic students as well as tests for those exhibiting symptoms 

More than half of the students who tested positive have just recently returned to Duke from other parts of the country, in many cases from areas where the prevalence of COVID-19 in the population is greater than in North Carolina. The individuals who tested positive have been placed in isolation, while those identified as potential contacts have been placed in precautionary quarantine. The total positivity rate was 0.35 percent. 

The full announcement of testing results is posted to Duke Today.

Testing data is also available on our Testing Tracker, which is updated every Tuesday.

Testing Update: January 3-10, 2021

Duke University’s comprehensive COVID-19 testing and contact tracing program administered 7,998 tests to students and 2,289 tests to faculty/staff for the period January 3-10, with a total of 62 positive results. There were 34 positive results for students and those individuals have been placed in precautionary quarantine. One student who had been in isolation and 24 who had been in precautionary quarantine were cleared to resume normal activities.

The full announcement of testing results is posted to Duke Today.

Testing data is also available on our Testing Tracker, which is updated every Tuesday.

New FAQ for Grad & Professional Students

A new set of FAQ for Graduate and Professional students about testing protocols during the Spring 2021 semester has been added to the Duke United website.

Questions cover topics such as:

  • Reporting the results of COVID-19 tests administered outside of Duke
  • Logistics for gateway/entry testing
  • Testing requirements for students not planning to come to campus at all during the semester
  • Where to find contacts for various programs
  • Expectations for surveillance testing during the spring semester

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