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COVID-19 Case Management

Confirmed BYU Cases

Fall Semester 2020

(as of Nov 30, 2020)

Fall Semester Data
Cases Percentage of Campus Community
Active cases 107 0.25%
Cases no longer in isolation 3,112
Chart highlighting the number of active cases of COVID-19

Active cases include individuals who have tested positive for COVID-19 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 fall semester (beginning August 28) and have been physically present in the local campus community. There are 43,000 people in the campus community this fall semester.

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Pre-Thanksgiving Student Screening Tests Number of Tests Positivity Rate
Nov. 18 2,225 1.26%
Nov. 19 1,783 1.12%
Nov. 20 1,765 1.15%
Nov. 21 1,406 1.04%
TOTAL 7,179 1.20%


Positive cases from the voluntary pre-Thanksgiving student screening 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.

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Fall Semester Data
Cases Percentage of Campus Community
Total reported cases 3,219 7.5%
Seven-day rolling average of new cases 22

chart showing the average rise in new COVID-19 cases

Weekly Summary Daily Average Weekly Total
Week 1 (8/28–9/3) 11 77
Week 2 (9/4–9/10) 31.6 221
Week 3 (9/11–9/17) 65.6 461
Week 4 (9/18–9/24) 66 462
Week 5 (9/25–10/1) 38.7 271
Week 6 (10/2–10/8) 24.7 173
Week 7 (10/9–10/15) 21 147
Week 8 (10/16–10/22) 20 140
Week 9 (10/23–10/29) 24.1 169
Week 10 (10/30–11/05) 30.9 216
Week 11 (11/06–11/12) 38.6 270
Week 12 (11/13–11/19) 45 316
Week 13 (11/20–11/26) 30 210

Note: There may be small differences in the Weekly Summary chart as BYU continues to receive additional information.

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 pre-Thanksgiving student screening testing and focused, risk-based testing.

Total number of reported cases during summer term (166), spring term (16) and winter semester (21): 203.

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.

The Process

Effectively protecting against and managing COVID-19 in a campus community requires individuals to perform daily symptom checks, get tested for COVID-19 if symptomatic or otherwise directed, self-report test results, and follow contact tracing, isolation, quarantine, and return to campus instructions. BYU is partnering with the Utah County Health Department to facilitate this process.

Healthy Together App

In order to come to campus and access campus services, BYU students and employees are required to download and use the Healthy Together App or complete a daily checkup form. This app facilitates symptom checking, contact tracing and test scheduling.

COVID-19 Testing

Testing is an important component to successfully preventing and managing the spread of COVID-19. A strategic testing plan has been created by BYU and will be followed during Fall Semester 2020. BYU requires COVID-19 testing of BYU students, faculty, and staff within four broad categories: 1) Testing of symptomatic individuals, 2) testing of those who have been in direct close contact with a known COVID-19 case, 3) focused, risk-based evaluation and testing, and 4) randomized testing across the BYU campus community.  Instructions for testing will be provided directly to those who are tested. When directed by Risk Management and Safety department, the costs associated with BYU directed testing of asymptomatic individuals, will be covered by BYU. 

COVID-19 Self Reporting

BYU students and employees attending classes or working on campus are required to report a positive diagnosis of COVID-19 to BYU. The result may be reported via this form. Students who are instructed to isolate or quarantine should contact their professors to continue their coursework remotely.  Employees who are instructed to isolate or quarantine should contact their supervisor to discuss work from home or other options. 

Isolation/Quarantine/Physical Distancing/Return to Campus

Individuals must adhere to instructions to isolate, quarantine, practice physical distancing, and for returning to campus as given to them from the Utah County Health Department or BYU Risk Management and Safety. 

Isolation is required for those who have been confirmed to have COVID-19. Also, individuals who are symptomatic and awaiting a test result should self-isolate. As general guidance, individuals who know they had COVID-19 or had symptoms and think they had COVID-19, should be aware of CDC recommendations for ending isolation.

Quarantine is for those who have had direct close contact with a confirmed case. Direct close contact means being within 6 feet of an infected person for at least 15 minutes starting from two days before illness onset (or, for asymptomatic patients, two days prior to specimen collection) until the time the patient is isolated. During quarantine, individuals should self-monitor for symptoms. Because of the incubation period of COVID-19, individuals in quarantine should stay home and monitor for symptoms for 14 days since their last exposure. 

Physical distancing is a practice for all to follow. Public health officials recommend remaining at least 6 feet apart from others.

Criteria to return to campus: Individuals may leave isolation or quarantine in accordance with the above instructions and those they receive from the Utah County Health Department or BYU Risk Management and Safety.

Questions?

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