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Winter Semester 2021
BYU's plan for an in-person winter semester experience with adjustments for the health and safety of the campus community during the pandemic.

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In accordance with Utah State Public Health Order 2020-27 and the Utah System of Higher Education COVID-19 Intensive Testing Plan, Brigham Young University students 18 years or older who live in on-campus housing or attend at least one in-person or blended class are asked to participate in COVID-19 testing within five broad categories:

1) Testing of symptomatic individuals
2) Entry testing for students returning to campus
3) Random testing
4) Close contact testing
5) Focused testing
Read more about these tests here.

There will be no charge to individuals for testing that is directed by BYU's Unified Command.

Utah County remains a high-transmission area.

Questions? Contact the BYU COVID-19 Hotline at 801-422-7662 or email

Confirmed BYU Cases

Winter Semester

(as of Jan 21, 2021)

Winter Semester Data
Cases Percentage of Campus Community
Active cases 215 0.51%
Cases no longer in isolation 176

Active cases include individuals who have tested positive for COVID-19 during winter semester (Jan. 8–April 21) and are currently in isolation. The number of reported cases includes students, faculty and staff who tested positive while either working at BYU or enrolled in classes during winter semester and have been physically present in the local campus community. There are 42,000 people in the campus community this winter semester.

chart depicting daily active cases of COVID-19 on campus


Winter Semester Entry Testing Number of Tests Positivity Rate
Jan. 8 2,159 1.11%
Jan. 9 1,512 0.73%
Jan. 11 2,235 0.85%
Jan. 12 2,631 0.38%
Jan. 13 3,006 0.73%
Jan. 14 2,505 0.48%
Jan. 15 2,100 0.57%
Jan. 16 826 0.48%
Jan. 19 1,068 0.94%
Jan. 20 1,119 1.07%
TOTAL 19,161 Less than 1% (0.71%)

Positive cases from the winter semester 2021 entry testing are included in both the daily active case count above and the cumulative case count below. The student screening tests are rapid antigen point-of-care diagnostic tests given to students who are not symptomatic.


Winter Semester Data
Cases Percentage of Campus Community
Total reported cases 391 0.93%
Seven-day rolling average of new cases 35
chart depicting daily new cases of COVID-19 on campus

Weekly Summary Daily Average Weekly Total
Week 1 (1/8–1/14) 34.4 241
Week 2 (1/15–1/21) 21.4 150

Note: There may be small differences in the Weekly Summary chart as BYU continues to receive additional information. Reported cases may be counted in a different semester or term based on testing date.

This data is based on the number of cases reported to BYU each week from a variety of sources including random testing, self-reporting, the BYU Student Health Center, the Healthy Together app, the winter semester entry testing and focused, risk-based testing.

Total number of reported cases during the winter break (317), fall semester (3,634), summer term (166), spring term (16) and winter semester 2020 (21): 4,154.

We ask the BYU campus community to help us track the spread of COVID-19. If you have tested positive for the virus or are awaiting the results of a COVID-19 test, please fill out this form.

COVID-19 Self-Reporting Form

This information will help us to reduce the spread of the disease by making sure appropriate areas of campus are cleaned and disinfected.