UMass Amherst reports one new COVID-19 case from the weekend

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AMHERST, Mass. (WWLP) – As students head back to school at UMass, the university has launched a COVID-19 Dashboard to update the community on cases.

The dashboard is updated daily with information on COVID cases, positivity rates, and test turnaround times for symptomatic and asymptomatic testing.

The Blue Wall Cafe was shutdown over the weekend, after a staff member there tested positive for COVID-19. This as case numbers slowly rise at the university. The employee who tested positive was diagnosed at the asymptomatic testing site at the Mullins Center. Anyone who was directly exposed to the individual is expected to be notified by public health officials.

To date, the school has performed 6,053 tests with a positive rate of .01 percent with providing the test results within one day.

“We’re looking to do approximately 10,000 tests a week, that is what we are scheduling to do and preparing to do from that perspective,” said Jeffery Hescock, Executive Director of Environmental Health and Safety at UMass Amherst.

Students who live on or off-campus who go to the university for face-to-face classes, internships or work are required to be tested upon arrival and then twice a week.

Confirmed Cases of COVID-19 in UMass Amherst Community

August 23:

  1. UMass Amherst student, off campus: The student is recovering and is self-isolating off-campus. There is no campus exposure.
  2. Mount Ida student, on campus: The student is recovering and is self-isolating on-campus in a designated isolation residential room.

August 21:

  1. UMass Amherst student, off campus: The student is recovering and is self-isolating off-campus. No campus exposure.
  2. UMass Amherst staff, off campus: The staff member is self-isolated off campus.

August 20:

  1. UMass Amherst student, off campus: The student is recovering and is self-isolating off-campus.

August 18:

  1. UMass Amherst student, off campus: The student is recovering and is self-isolating off-campus.

August 13:

  1. UMass Amherst student, off campus: The student had no contact with other students and is recovering and self-isolating off-campus.

July 30:

  • 6 UMass Amherst students, off campus: All know each other, socialize together and have mild symptoms. They are isolating in their apartments in Amherst. There was no campus exposure.

July 9:

  1. UMass Amherst student, off campus: Last on campus on June 30, 2020. The student is recovering and is self-isolating off-campus.

July 1:

  1. UMass Amherst student, on campus: Last on campus on, July 1, 2020. The student is recovering and is self-isolating on campus in a designated isolation facility. A contact investigation is underway.

June 1:

  1. UMass Amherst staff, off campus: An employee who works at Berkshire Dining Commons and was last on campus on May 14, 2020. The employee is recovering and is self-isolating off campus. No known transmission was found.

May 1:

  1. UMass Amherst staff, off campus: An employee who works at the UMass Police Department (UMPD) and was last on campus on Thursday, April 21. The employee is recovering and is self-isolating off campus. There was no campus exposure.

April 21:

  1. UMass Amherst staff, off campus: An employee who works on the fourth floor of the Integrated Sciences Building and was last at work on Tuesday,  April 14. The employee is recovering and is self-isolating off campus. The university has performed enhanced cleaning, sanitizing and disinfecting in the area that the employee worked. More details on this case.

April 5:

  • UMass Amherst staff, off campus: An employee who works in the Blue Wall Café in the Campus Center and was last on campus on Thursday, April 2. The staff member self-isolated off campus. The Blue Wall has been closed until further notice. The university has performed enhanced cleaning, sanitizing and disinfecting of the facility. More details on this case. 

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