UD reports 34 daily cases of Covid-19, and a low rate of positive tests among non-athletes

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The number of University of Delaware students who have tested positive for Covid-19 rose today to 34 at the university ramps up testing of students without symptoms.

During the past week, more than 90 students have tested positive.

Fourteen of the 34 positive results came from testing on campus of those without symptoms. On Wednesday UD tested 754 individuals; the 14 positives represent a positive rate of 1.8 percent, well below a state rate has been running above seven percent.

Students and employees are selected at random for asymptomatic testing taking place on Mondays and Wednesdays on the UD campus. Students can alsomake an appointmentfor testing if they have no symptoms of Covid-19, a university release stated.

The university’s Covid-19 Data Dashboard is updated each weekday to reflect the number of positive cases.

Tallies include students and employees who have physically been on campus in the days leading up to testing positive and students living in off-campus housing within downtown Newark.

WDEL reported this week that regular testing has been taking place among those playing team sports at UD. About 36 of more than 600 student-athletes have tested positive. That amounts to about a six percent rate of positive cases.

Delaware Division of Public Health officials attributed at least some of the uptick in Covid-19 cases to students returning to campus in Newark and Dover.

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