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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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BYU will continue to operate with the same safety protocols that have been in place since the beginning of winter semester. BYU still requires face masks, physical distancing, limited events and activities, limitations on social gatherings, and other COVID-19 mitigations. Additionally, BYU still encourages employees to work from home when possible.

Spring and Summer Term class schedules and course delivery plans remain unchanged.

BYU will provide updated information when current COVID-19 mitigations are no longer in place.

Questions? Contact the BYU COVID-19 Hotline at 801-422-7662 or email casemanagement@byu.edu

Confirmed BYU Cases

Winter Semester

(as of April 12, 2021)

Winter Semester Data Cases Percentage of Campus Community
Active cases 6 0.01%
Cases no longer in isolation 1,140

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

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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.

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Winter Semester Data
Cases Percentage of Campus Community
Total reported cases 1,146 2.73%
Seven-day rolling average of new cases 1
chart depicting daily new cases of COVID-19 on campus

Weekly Summary Daily Average Weekly Total
Week 1 (1/8–1/14) 36.1 253
Week 2 (1/15–1/21) 26.3 184
Week 3 (1/22–1/28) 28.3 198
Week 4 (1/29–2/4) 18.3 128
Week 5 (2/5–2/11) 12.6 88
Week 6 (2/12–2/18) 10.9 76
Week 7 (2/19–2/25) 7.6 53
Week 8 (2/26–3/4) 5.9 41
Week 9 (3/5–3/11) 4.6 32
Week 10 (3/12–3/18) 5.1 36
Week 11 (3/19–3/25) 2.3 16
Week 12 (3/26–4/1) 4 28
Week 13
(4/2–4/8)
1.3 9

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.