UND saw a drop in active coronavirus cases linked to campus this week as numbers remain in flux the first three weeks of classes.
UND’s numbers topped 300 in the past two weeks, but dropped to around 60 earlier this week.
As of Thursday morning around 11 a.m., UND’s dashboard, which updates in real time, showed 100 positive cases self-reported to UND. There were around 280 individuals listed in quarantine or isolation Thursday related to UND’s campus.
Those numbers are expected to remain in flux this week as results come back from a testing event held on Tuesday on campus following the Labor Day weekend, said Meloney Linder, vice president of marketing and communications for UND.
“We are anxiously awaiting the results of (Tuesday’s) testing event just to see if there is any change because of the holiday weekend, but we're hopeful that they will maintain,” she said.
Students at UND and across the state were asked to stay in their college towns or on campus in order to reduce the potential spread of the virus to other towns.
Across the North Dakota University System case numbers are varied.
As of Thursday morning, North Dakota State University had surpassed UND in positive COVID-19 cases reported to the universities. North Dakota State’s website showed around 140 cases as of 9 a.m. Thursday, including 138 students. Of the students, 30 are in isolation in university housing, according to NDSU. There are 191 students currently in quarantine in university housing.
Lake Region State College is reporting one positive case related to its campus as of Wednesday, Sept. 9. There are 22 individuals quarantined. The Devils Lake college canceled classes on Tuesday, Sept. 8, to allow the college’s IT department to catch up on COVID-19 upgrades.
Erin Wood, director of college relations at Lake Region, said that, as a part of Lake Region’s restart plan, classrooms were to have been upgraded so remote attendance could be possible for students needing to isolate or quarantine. However, that equipment arrived later than expected, delaying the installation of the classroom upgrades.
Mayville State is reporting zero active cases for students who live on campus. The university lists one off-campus student and one distance student as having tested positive for COVID-19. The campus is monitoring two employees.
North Dakota State College of Science’s website shows that the campus in Wahpeton has had seven total positive student cases since Aug. 17, five of those cases are recovered.
Valley City State has eight active cases of COVID-19 between students and employees with 32 individuals in quarantine as of Wednesday. The university’s dashboard shows 20 students in quarantine on-campus.
Bismarck State College lists 14 active cases between students and employees as of Wednesday. Of those 14 cases, three are on-campus residents, 11 are students who live off campus and three are BSC employees. The campus is monitoring 39 individuals.
The dashboard for Dickinson State University shows 24 active cases at its Dickinson campus as of Thursday morning. There are no active cases associated with its Bismarck campus.
In northwest North Dakota, Williston State College shows 37 active cases of COVID-19 among students as of Wednesday.
Minot State University is reporting 15 active cases of coronavirus in its Thursday report, including one student who lives on campus, 12 students who live off campus and two employees. There are 71 individuals in quarantine, according to Minot State.
Dakota State College at Bottineau lists six active cases as of Thursday morning, including two on-campus students, one student who is off campus and three faculty/staff. The college says 11 individuals are in quarantine.