After spending weeks hovering around 30, UND’s active coronavirus case number has again crossed triple digits.
The university’s reported case count was 102 at approximately 11 a.m. Saturday, Oct. 17, according to the school’s COVID dashboard. That number includes five faculty, 18 staff members and 79 students who reported positive tests.
That number is well below UND’s peak from the beginning of the school year, when around 330 active cases were tied to the university in early September. However, case counts began to tick up this week, first hitting the 60-case mark, then 70 mid-week and more than 100 by the end of the day Friday.
The number represents the amount of self-reported positive tests to the university and may include those who live off of campus.
“Although we cannot be certain exactly what is causing the number of cases to rise and fall, we are aware of the trends on campus in regard COVID-19 activity,” UND spokesman David Dodds said in a statement. “Recent increases in positive cases, in connection with the UND community, appear to mirror what is taking place in the county and across the state.”
Dodds said the “campus response has been equipped to handle the case loads.”
“We will continue to monitor the situation and urge our campus community to not slack off on their vigilance and to make sure they are wearing face coverings, practicing physical distancing and good hygiene, getting flu shots and being mindful to protect vulnerable populations,” he said.
The UND dashboard lists 207 individuals as being in quarantine or isolation related to the university, including 21 individuals in hotel quarantine and 25 individuals in hotel isolation. The dashboard is reflective of real-time data sent to the university.
The university is also urging students, staff and faculty to take advantage of the university’s regular testing events. The next one will be held from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. Tuesday, Oct. 20, at the High Performance Center. The testing is open to all UND students, faculty and staff, as well as the general public.
UND held a testing event on Tuesday, Oct. 13, where more than 1,600 individuals were tested for COVID-19. An event held Saturday, Oct. 17, concluded about 25 minutes early as its test supply was exhausted.
UND has been holding testing events every Tuesday and every other Saturday since the beginning of the school year.
Positive cases continue to be on the rise in North Dakota. There are 5,370 active cases across the state, as of Saturday, Oct. 17.
Grand Forks County has 401 active cases of COVID-19, as of Saturday, Oct. 17.
Cass County leads the state in active cases with 1,075, according to the North Dakota Department of Health’s website. Burleigh County has 924 active cases as of Saturday’s report.
North Dakota State University is reporting 67 total confirmed positive cases -- 61 students and six employees -- reported to NDSU in the past two weeks as of 9 a.m. Friday, Oct. 16. Of the students, nine are in isolation in university housing and 87 students are in quarantine in university housing.