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Iowa State University: 39 new COVID-19 cases reported last week

Isabella Rosario
Ames Tribune

An additional 39 COVID-19 cases were reported at Iowa State University from Jan. 4 to Jan. 10, according to the university's public health dashboard.

That total includes 24 students, six staff members and one faculty member through on-campus testing, as well as six staff members, one faculty member and one student who self-reported positive tests via off-campus sources. 

The university began its five-week winter session on Dec. 14. Iowa State's spring semester will officially begin Jan. 25, four days after the winter session ends, according to the registrar's office.

The weekly positivity rate is 5.2%, up from the weekly positivity rate of 2.19% recorded from Dec. 23 to Jan. 3.

According to Iowa State's report, from Dec. 28 to Jan. 10, a total of 14 individuals were in quarantine after coming into close contact with someone who tested positive for COVID-19. Of those in quarantine, one person — 7% — later tested positive, the university reported. 

From Jan. 4 to Jan. 10, a total of 39 individuals were in isolation with active COVID-19 cases, Iowa State reported. 

As of Jan. 11, no on-campus isolation or quarantine rooms are in use.

To date, a total of 2,428 members of the Iowa State community — including students, graduate assistants, staff and faculty — have tested positive for COVID-19 through on-campus testing since Aug. 1, according to the university statistics:

  • Students – 2,197 positives 
  • Graduate assistants – 54 positives
  • Staff – 161 positives
  • ISU faculty – 16 positives 

The COVID-19 testing center at Johnny’s in Hilton Coliseum has reopened for the spring semester.

Isabella Rosario is a public safety reporter for the Ames Tribune. She can be reached by email at irosario@gannett.com or on Twitter at @irosarioc.