Additional 42 COVID-19 cases reported by Iowa State

Phillip Sitter
Ames Tribune

An additional 42 COVID-19 cases were reported at Iowa State University from April 26 to May 2, according to the university's public health dashboard.

The week's reported total includes 41 students identified through on-campus testing, as well as one student who reported testing positive from an off-campus source.

The weekly positivity rate was 6.98% as of Sunday, up from 5.02% the week before.

The university plans to close on May 6 its on-campus COVID-19 testing center at Johnny's in Hilton Coliseum. The Thielen Studen Health Center will provide testing for students after that, and employees are encouraged to seek tests through their primary care providers.

This is the last week of the semester, and graduation ceremonies are this weekend. More information about the in-person ceremonies and virtual viewing options is available at graduation.iastate.edu/.

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According to ISU's latest report, from April 19 to May 2, a total of 83 individuals were in quarantine after coming into close contact with someone who tested positive for COVID-19. Of those in quarantine, five people — 6% — later tested positive, the university reported. 

From April 26 to May 2, 45 individuals were in isolation with active COVID-19 cases.

As of May 2, no campus isolation rooms or quarantine rooms were in use.

Since Jan. 1, a total of 643 members of the Iowa State community — including students, graduate assistants, staff and faculty — have tested positive for COVID-19 through on-campus testing, according to the university statistics (not including move-in testing):

  • Students – 534 positives 
  • Graduate assistants – 48 positives
  • Staff – 51 positives
  • ISU faculty – 10 positives 

The positive cases make up 3.9% of the on-campus testing conducted. 

The Iowa State COVID-19 website was updated on Feb. 1 to start tracking data for the spring semester. Data from the fall semester and winter break is archived and publicly accessible.

In the fall semester, a total of 2,175 students had tested positive through on-campus testing, as well as 52 graduate assistants, 155 staff and 15 faculty members.

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Phillip Sitter covers education for the Ames Tribune, including Iowa State University and PreK-12 schools in Ames and elsewhere in Story County. Phillip can be reached via email at psitter@gannett.com. He is on Twitter @pslifeisabeauty.