The University of Delaware reported 18 new cases of coronavirus on its dashboard.
That boosted the total number of cases in September to 66. Only one UD staff member has tested positive so far this month.
Based on reports from other universities, the increase in the number of cases was not unexpected.
UD classes are mainly held online. Dormitories are limited to single occupancy, but limits are not mandated in off-campus housing.
At Gov. John Carney’s weekly press briefing on Covid-19, Delaware Division of Public Health Director Dr. Karyl Rattay reported that the number of positive cases of Covid-19 had been trending upward in the 19711 and 19713 zip codes. Both zip codes have a sizable number of University of Delaware students.
Rattay said the cases were tied to people living in close proximity or attendance at smaller get-togethers. No outbreak has been tied to large parties.
The Newark City Council passed an ordinance that limits the size of social gatherings.
The uptick in cases tied to the university community is expected to make it more difficult for the state to move toward a 3 percent rate of positive cases that would allow for more in-school instruction.